Experienced lead pastor with high energy and strong endurance supported by a mature faith. A visionary with the experience to develop strategies to achieve goals and build systems to help people grow to become fully mature followers of Christ. Excellent communicator and leader of leaders.
At the time Criswell Bible College was known as the West Point of Bible schools focusing students on Biblical languages, church history, systematic theology, and pastoral training all with the goal of sending their students out to fulfill the Great Commission through the local church.
Lifeway Church is associated with the Willow Creek Association, and the association of Purpose Driven Churches.
My calling to Christ
I trusted Jesus Christ as a my Lord and Savior at the age of twenty-five while serving as an engineer for GM in Mexico. I met a man who had the character I wanted and Christ was the center of his life. I took my family to church with him and his family on April 23, 1981 and for the first time in my life I understood that it is not by works, but by grace through faith that I could have God's gift of eternal life. I accepted God's gift.
My calling to Christian Vocational Ministry
Within months of coming to faith in Christ I knew God was calling me away from GM into a new way of life and into a new vocation. I spent the first twenty-five years of my life chasing empty dreams. I knew I wanted to give the rest of my life helping others find and follow Christ.
Throughout my time in the ministry I have recognized I have an undeniable call to reach the unchurched and make disciples. In a pastoral role I naturally gravitate to preaching to both the believer and the unbeliever, and connecting people in small group communities where they have their greatest potential to become fully transformed followers of Christ. At Lifeway we say, "Life-change happens best in LifeGroups". For us that isn't just a nice slogan, it is a core belief. With over thirty years experience in the ministry I have developed a deep love for God, trust in his word, and reliance on his Holy Spirit and have honed my skills at leading, preaching, and equipping others to succeed in the Christian life.
Having read the document that describes what the people at the Ascent Church are seeking in a lead pastor I believe I would be someone you would want to talk to as you consider who will lead your church into the future toward health and greater effectiveness for Christ's sake within your community and around the world. I have never led a multi-sight congregation, but I have demonstrated that I can adapt and learn the skills to succeed wherever God leads.
I am one of the most fortunate men on the planet in that I am married to the most Godly woman I know who is extremely wise and supportive of me and is a major asset to the ministry I serve.
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