My Grand New Adventure
H ello Readers,
This is more of a letter than a blog post but I wanted to let you know about a major new development in my life and ministry. I pray that reading about my journey will lead you to reflect on where God has taken you and where He might lead you in the future!
First some history. I never planned to be a worship pastor. I didn’t plan to be in occupational ministry at all, really. I graduated from Mid-America Christian University with a Secondary Education degree and taught middle schoolers for 3 years. But God had other plans. Relationships built in college had grown in me a passion for music and ministry through music. After college & while teaching, I worked as a part-time worship leader helping a super-traditional church make the transition to a more modern service. I quit that part-time job to pursue a new degree from MACU in Christian Ministries that included an emphasis in music.
While pursuing that new degree, LifeQuest Church called me. They wanted to know if I would consider serving as their full-time worship pastor. I felt strongly that I should look into it but, even as I made the trip to visit, I was reluctant…part of that may have had something to do with a certain girl I had just begun dating who would later become my amazing wife! But God left me with no excuses after that visit and I picked up and moved even though it seemed to jeopardize a new, promising relationship.
And God has proven Himself faithful, as He always does. 7 years later, Julie & I both LOVE our church family. And the job I dragged my feet to has felt more like a privilege and a joy than a job. So you can imagine my surprise when I felt like God wanted me to move on.
Truth be told, I knew God was up to something. I just didn’t imagine it would come so soon. Over the last few years, I’ve developed a passion for preaching and leading and pastoring that I hadn’t expected. Kinda like I hadn’t expected the passion for worship ministry that came when I was in college.
But upon going through the interview process, visiting a church in Louisiana and doing a LOT of praying, two things became clear to Julie and I. First, I need to be a senior pastor because it’s what we believe God has clearly equipped & called me to do. Second, that church was the church.
So, as of May 4, I will become the senior pastor of Cypress Street Church of God (Church of God, Anderson, IN) in West Monroe, LA. The decision-making process has been a bit of a whirlwind and an emotional roller-coaster! We’ve been heartbroken at the thought of leaving our dear church family here in Springfield, MO while–at the same time–excited to embark on a new ministry journey in West Monroe.
I plan to continue plugging away at this blog. Our new church will be another “blue collar ministry” opportunity and I will continue to be involved with the worship ministry side of things. My passion for worship and worship ministry has not diminished and I believe I’ll have more to say on the subject. So stay tuned!
We’d appreciate your prayers. And next time you sense God asking you to step out into deeper waters, I highly recommend this song:
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