At Faith, getting involved can mean several things and look differently with any given individual. Historically, anytime the church would do something, it was a good time for everyone to be involved. As a small church, most events are small group events. Over the last year, there has been enough growth numerically that it is not practical for everyone to participate in everything the church does. No one is nor should they be expected to be involved in every aspect of the church or every activity of the church. Regardless of whether the church only has thirty people or grows to more than a thousand, the goal will be to remain connected through small groups and teams.
The Christian life is one that Scripture expresses as one lived in community with one another. While it may not be feasible to be personally close to everyone that comes to our church, it is possible to have meaningful interaction with some. With Jesus as our shared King, there can even be camaraderie with those we do not know. With this in mind, it is time to discuss the two ways that attenders and members will be encouraged to participate, by intentionally spending time in a small group and by developing a teamwork mindset.
Small groups can be maintained in a number of ways. It can be through a Sunday school class, a home group, a service team, and so on. Each small group ought to have its own purpose, but that purpose can be quite diverse from small group to small group. One may be about growing in knowledge of Scripture, one may be about mentoring, another could be about service projects, still another could be focused on evangelistic opportunities, or it could even be mom’s with young kids just needing time to be together to decompress. Even the length of time a particular small group meets is open. Some small groups will have a short lifespan. Others may have a long lifespan. The big idea is that we operate together while fostering genuine concern and interest in one another’s lives. In short, we “live life” together.
Teamwork will manifest itself in many forms also, but here is how it currently works. The church has a number of what we call, “committees” which perform a specific function of a felt need in the church body or building. These are teams of people who are organized to function cooperatively for a given task, objective, or area of responsibility. These groups are vital to the success of fulfilling our mission.
“Teams” will be the new title of these groups; we will no longer be calling them committees. According to the Encarta Dictionary, a committee refers to people who have been appointed to a position. Because people do not need to be appointed to these groups, the term, “teams” better describes what we are attempting to achieve. By the same dictionary, team refers to a “number of people organized to function cooperatively as a group.” As a church, the goal for our teams is to function cooperatively to manage a specific area of responsibility.
Allow me to urge you to find a team that you can be a part of. Working together to accomplish the mission and purpose of the church is found all throughout the New Testament. Being a part of a team helps each of us remember that no one is expected to live this Christian life alone. This is not member exclusive. Anyone can participate on a team at Faith. Team coordinators, formerly called committee chairpersons, are the only ones required to be members.
For a list of current teams, you may simply request one from Pastor Justin, Pastor Cam, a deacon, or a secretary. If you have a suggestion for a new team, please share with Pastor Justin or a deacon.
What kind of situation do you find yourself in at church? Is this your first time here and you are trying to figure out why this group is so weird? Have you been attending, but you aren’t sure about membership? Are you looking for a church to call home? Are you a member that is not sure what to do next? Are you a long-time member serving in too many ways and close to burn out? Are you a member who is serving in a way that excites and energizes you? Well, regardless of your unique situation, there is a place for you.
First time guests: we are so glad you are here. Whether you came because we happened into your path or because someone dragged you here or because you are checking out all the churches in town, we are thankful that God brought you into our path for at least today. We hope to be a blessing to you. We even hope that you will come again and see what God will do with you and us.
For attenders: we are so glad you are here. It takes time to be ready for the daunting commitment of membership. We understand that so we try to not put pressure on you to join. If this is where God has you for a time, then we welcome you. In fact, if this is where God has you, then we want you to feel free to participate in one of several ways. We hope you’ll get involved in some of the classes that go on in order to strengthen your faith; we hope you will share meals with us, get to know us,6 and allow us to get to know you. We welcome your thoughts, participation, and input into church services, group projects, outreach events, camps, and so on. You can even serve on a committee or team when not a member. Always feel free to ask if you have any ideas or curiosity about being further involved.
For new members: we are so glad you are here. You have taken that giant step of courage and made a commitment to this church as this church has made a commitment to you. Now, you really want to plug into a place in which God has uniquely prepared for you to serve. I would recommend taking some time to pray asking God to lead you and to reveal the next step. Talk with a pastor or deacon about what areas you feel are strengths and ask about ways to get involved.
It may take some time to figure out what to do. This is a bit of a trial and practice routine. You may start something and find that this is really not for you. That is okay! There is freedom to step back and to try something different. Perhaps God will work through a difficulty and shape you into the person He’s fashioning by His creative hands. We, as a church, are committed to working together in unity while operating in the grace of God. There has to be grace to make adjustments. Even in times when you step out of a role and no one immediately steps in to fill it. I believe that if it is truly needed, God will provide that person or the solution. God is good!
For the long-time member near burn out: we are so glad you are here. So much of the work that has made this church function has been done thanks to you and people like you who are dedicated to living out your gifts and serving as often as needed and oftentimes more than needed. For you, I recommend a step back. If you are feeling exhausted and ready to quit everything, let me encourage you to take small steps toward re-energizing. Choose one or two areas of service or energy consumption and gracefully step out of them. Like everyone else, your number one responsibility is to please God. It’s more important to please God than the nursery coordinator, a deacon, or even the pastor.
For the energized member: we are so glad you are here. I want to challenge you to continue in serving, but please do not add on too much. I really want to encourage becoming a mentor to someone else. Find someone with interest in a similar area of service, and take them alongside as you serve. We want to develop others as they come into the church. We will learn a lot from each other this way! There will be more to come on mentoring/apprenticeship style relationships next time.
In any case, we are glad you are here, and I hope this article helps encourage good participation no matter where you stand currently.
As we continue to see new faces show up and some of the new faces become familiar faces over time, I believe a question arises about finding one’s place in the new-to-them congregation. With as many personalities as there are people, there is not one completely effective method for bringing someone into a family of faith in which he gets to live out his gifts. Often, there are willing people who are passionate about a certain area of service, but because of a lack of information on the part of the church, they may never plug into a place that is fulfilling to them.
One problem that plagues several small churches (in my limited experience) is that much of the volunteer resources that are actually used are reactive in nature. This means that needs crop up as they do in any church and well-meaning folks make a desperate plea to fill the void with any willing, able body. Then, once a person fills a need, they either become perpetually attached to that job or they are asked first anytime another problem arises because they said yes.
What can we do to be a church whose people are involved and serving ways that ignite their spirit, fulfill their passions, and fill them with joy as they serve? Well, this is the fun part. I believe that God created creativity. Since creativity is a God-given gift, then we get to enjoy the unique way God has put us together, gifted us, and combined those gifts to form what we call, “the local church.”
First, I want you to understand my philosophy about people serving in the church. To understand my philosophy, first be aware of these premises. The church is God’s bride and is therefore His to guide and direct. The church is much more than the building that we come together to worship within. God has created the bride, this living organism, made up of thousands upon thousands of uniquely created people. God has called His people to serve Him. To the church, God has given the mission of spreading the message of hope in Jesus (evangelism). To the church, He’s given the responsibility of training believers to follow God (aka. discipleship) which includes the responsibility of producing new disciples
Based on these beliefs, my philosophy of service or involvement is this: we start by understanding how God has uniquely crafted us and given us gifts of His Spirit and then ask the question of how God wants us to put these into action. So, ask yourself the question, “what has God made me passionate about?” “What is it that I just can’t help but be excited about? Does the idea of training the next generation fire you up? Does being a support structure for missionaries in tough places make you feel a sense of significance? Do you get thrilled about the idea of feeding hundreds of people? Are you concerned about feeding the hungry? Does the idea of abortion make you desperately sad, and does that drive you to want to do something? Soul searching to know who you are and what is important to you as a person and, more importantly, as a child of God is vital to finding your place within the body.
It’s okay to think outside the box. Just because there is no current ministry going on for something that you are passionate about within the context of our church does not mean that one isn’t available for you to do. Perhaps, you might be the one to kick-start a new ministry within the church. It just might take a little bit of time, research, communication and effort to get going. But it is possible.
There are a lot of good things out there that we as Christians can and should do, but no one of us can do all of them. We would probably go crazy trying to keep up, and we’d be no good at any one of them because we’d be so stressed out. So, go ahead, dream a little. Explore your own make-up. I’ll spend some more time on this topic next time. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to ask if you want to get more involved.
In a recent interview with a few Seattle Seahawks, Pastor Mark Driscoll asked the guys a simple question. His question, “who is Jesus?” In short answers from each of them, perhaps the one that stood out the most was from, Rocky Seto, Defensive Passing Game Coordinator. “Jesus is the greatest treasure in the Universe … it’s not like you give up your life and get something worse,” says Seto. He continues, “We had nothing, he (Jesus) gave us everything … Jesus is better than anything … even better than the Super Bowl or an NFL career.” He goes on to say that one could win the Super Bowl and still wake up the next day feeling empty if they do not have Jesus. The brief clip referenced here ends with Seto declaring, “if you have Jesus, it will be awesome whether we win or lose.”
The Seattle Seahawks are headed for a Super Bowl. Now, these men and the rest of the team have an opportunity to play in one of the biggest events on just about the biggest stage one can think of. This is a dream for most of these guys. Do you have any idea how many young boys watch and play football and dream about playing for an NFL team one day and having a chance to play in the Super Bowl and be the hero of the game? Do you know how many guys play high school, then college football in an effort to move toward that lofty dream? Do you realize how few actually make it to play in the NFL? Have you ever stopped and wondered how many guys make it to the NFL, but aren’t able to make a career out of it. Would you stop for a moment and think about how few actually get an opportunity to play in the greatest game on the greatest stage?
Reaching the Super Bowl must be like winning the lottery. For most who have made it, it is a dream come true. Yet, according to Rocky Seto and the other Seahawks’ players who were in agreement, Jesus is better than the Super Bowl. They are so right. Jesus gave us so much, and all we had to offer was a little garbage (since our righteousness is as filthy rags).
The reality that each one of us can have a personal, intimate, and real relationship with Jesus Christ stands above any other person or thing that could even attempt to fulfill our desires (not even a Super Bowl). Many do not understand how that is possible. That is probably because they have not personally experienced a deep, ongoing, and sincere relationship with Jesus.
What is it that you and I pursue? What is the pinnacle of life, success, or achievement for you? Do you consider the opportunity to know Jesus as something way better? The Bible teaches through the apostle Paul that all other things are like dung compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, - Philippians 3:8 (KJV)
Jesus is better than the Super Bowl, a lot better.
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A new year is upon us. 2013 was probably great for some, lousy for others, so-so for a bunch, and all of the above for a few or maybe most. As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but think of how much has happened and all that has changed this year. At the close of 2012, my family and I were living in the unfinished basement of my parent’s home in Missouri hoping things would go well with this small church in Washington that had asked us to come to preach and get to know us in person.
Faith Baptist Church had been on a long journey of searching for a pastor. Their current pastor was supposed to retire a few months before, but stayed on in an effort to care for the church well. There was some buzz in the air about this young guy from Texas … or Missouri … or was it Wyoming? Nobody was sure where this guy was from, but they were looking forward to meeting him nonetheless.
We came together one weekend in mid-January. Dorothy and I loved the area and the people; it was clear to us that God was drawing us here. The people of Faith Baptist apparently felt the same way because they voted a week later unanimously to call me as the lead pastor of the church.
Not every year is filled with dramatic change, but 2013 held significant change for both the church and my family. Really, it is hard to believe how much has happened in just a year. Our family moved from over 2,000 miles away to a beautiful area and a nice church family. Faith Baptist Church shared in the retirement of a long-tenured pastor and the beginning of a first time lead pastor. Transition was made with great ease to the glory of God.
Faith has seen several new families begin to make this church their home. Our family added a new face with the birth of our fourth child in July. Members of this church have taken part in the new birth of 7 spiritual births (people placing their trust in Jesus Christ). There were 4 funerals held at Faith in just the last 4 months. These have brought sobering reminders that our time on earth is short, and we do not know when our life on earth will end.
These are just a few of the many changes that have taken place in our lives over the last year. But, it is time to look forward. What would God have us do or be in 2014? As we come into a new year, let us not be dragged down by resolutions that are made out of feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or insufficient service for the kingdom of God. Instead, let us focus our lives and energies on knowing, believing in, and trusting God.
May God change our hearts. May He influence all that we do. May He help us to live in 2014. To God be the glory in all that we are and all that we do. I pray that He makes us better followers of Him; better dads, moms, brothers, and sisters; better husbands, wives, and parents; better employees and employers; better stewards of our bodies, time, money, and energy; better students; and better friends. Most of the time, we focus our efforts on doing better in one, some, or all of the above usually with little benefit. But let us allow God to develop us into the people He wants us to be and I believe we will find that we are “better” in many of those areas.
If I could sum up in one word my encouragement to you all (whoever’s reading this – yes this includes you) for how to live in 2014, it would be LIVE. Live for God. In everything you do, seek Him. Do what you do for Him. Be who you are for Him. Live out your faith sharing your faith. Indeed, you will need to lean on God when you LIVE for Him. Make living something that drives you to chase after the LORD our God, and LIVE in 2014.
As we come upon the Christmas Season, there are many reactions to the celebration of Christmas for Christians. Some go all out decorating, eating, partying, buying presents, and living it up. Some attempt to avoid it altogether usually because of the over-consumerism or the reality that Jesus wasn’t likely born in December. Others find a middle ground somewhere between these extremes. So for those who really do love Jesus, how should Christmas be celebrated?
1. Exploit the season as an opportunity to talk about God with others, particularly your own families. It is really quite amazing how many opportunities occur in this season that we can claim as teachable moments. Our kids can be one great place to have discussion. Co-workers, neighbors and even strangers will often be more open to spiritual talk. Do not be fearful of discussing topics such as Santa, flying reindeer, Christmas trees, lights on the houses, and those grumpy people at Walmart in a truthful, yet thoughtful way. These conversations are opportunities!
2. Worship God, not the holiday warm feelings. One of the surest ways to get disappointed is to try to recreate great memories in order to renew warm fuzzies. When we remember the good times in days past, we often get that warm, fuzzy feeling deep inside. That’s okay, but sometimes we like it so much that we long for it in unhealthy ways. We try to make it happen again. God did create feelings, good ones! But, if we spend the Christmas season in search of re-living warm fuzzies, then we miss an opportunity to worship the living God! So, this year, resolve in your mind to enjoy God in the good things, during the fun times, and even amidst difficulties, and make this season about worshiping Him.
3. Love, in the name of Jesus. If you really want a merry Christmas, then love people! Love is an action. Ask yourself how God might want you to demonstrate His love this season. Remember the old cliché, “it is better to give than to receive?” Well, it’s true. God will knock your socks off with peace and joy when you choose to love in His name. So what are you waiting for, go love your spouse, parents, children, neighbors, co-workers, strangers at the mall, homeless people, or wherever there is a living, breathing human.
4. Bonus principles: Don’t criticize those who won’t say Merry Christmas! Oh, and be nice to retail employees (they are actually real people with feelings). Oh yeah, and definitely be patient with those around you – you are not the most important person in the world … really.
Oh, and have a merry little Christmas
Last Sunday, I (Pastor Justin), issued a challenge to consider the lost as we come to another Halloween night (less than a week away!). The challenge was to take a step in the direction of communicating the gospel more than we have before. For some, I encouraged to simply turn the lights on, open the door, and give candy away with a tract containing the gospel message. For others, I encouraged to go out and try to engage parents and/or kids in conversation about the gospel.
I respect the reality that, for Christians, there are a variety of approaches towards Halloween, but my goal is to move each one of us closer to always being ready to share the gospel. This is just one night, but it is a night that many people will be out, and some will not be in a hurry so it is a great opportunity to engage some in conversation.
If you are uncomfortable in your conscience before the Lord of being a part of Halloween night like I've encouraged, that is okay - please do not violate your conscience before God. But, let me challenge you to spend at least an hour in prayer (perhaps with some others) for those who will be out sharing the gospel that night.
But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Romans 14:23 – NIV84
Let me also add that in areas like this one where we have many differing opinions about the acceptability of a practice let us offer each other grace. There are some areas in Scripture that do not prescribe for us a clear course of action or inaction. Often, we find a direction or a principle to live by. When we deal with principles, the application individually can vary significantly. So, let’s not be each other’s judges by determining what is right and wrong on areas of application of principle, but let us live in the freedom God has purchased for us at a very high and precious price.
So, how should this play out? Well, if God has moved you to be bold then do not look down on your timid brother or sister and accuse them of being disobedient. Instead encourage them to be faithful to God in the areas where they conscience is not troubled. On the other hand, if your conscience troubles you so as not to enter a dangerous situation, then do not judge or look down on those who are comfortable doing so. We are both believers in Jesus Christ! Let us both set our sights on bringing the gospel to those who do not know Jesus personally as their King.
1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:1-4 – HCSB
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Sam Alberry addresses one of the great questions asked today regarding the morality of homosexual unions provided that they are faithful and committed relationships. The excerpt is entitled, “Surely a same-sex partnership is OK if it’s committed and faithful?” I don’t think I could say it better so check this out:
One of the arguments commonly made today in favour of same-sex partnerships is that what must surely count above all else is faithfulness and commitment. Shouldn’t faithfulness within a relationship be what determines its moral goodness rather than the gender of those involved in it? A promiscuous gay lifestyle with multiple partners and one-night stands might be wrong, but two people who love each other and are faithful to whatever promises they have made—surely that’s OK?
It can seem a compelling argument, and it is increasingly common to find Christians allowing for this kind of expression of homosexual practice. But a number of important things need to be said in response.
In 1 Corinthians 5 Paul rebukes the Corinthian church for its acceptance of an illicit relationship. A man is in a relationship with his father’s wife, most likely his stepmother, an arrangement expressly forbidden in Leviticus 18. Paul is dismayed. Even the pagans in Corinthian society would not allow such a thing (1 Corinthians 5 v 1), and yet here it is going on in plain sight among God’s people.
Paul’s response to this situation is instructive, as much for what he doesn’t say as for what he does say. There is no question about whether the couple in question loves each other. Paul does not ask about their level of commitment or whether they are being faithful. That is not the issue. Whether or not they are in a long-term committee relationship is beside the point; the fact remains that it is wrong and should not be happening.
Paul does not distinguish between faithful illicit relationships and profligate illicit relationships, as if the latter are out of bounds but the former might just squeak in by virtue of their faithfulness. Consistency and faithfulness while sinning in no way diminish the sin. Paul calls for the church member in question to be expelled from the fellowship, and for the whole church to express remorse at what has happened (I Corinthians 5 v 2). Faithfulness demonstrated in an otherwise prohibited relationship does not make it less sinful.
In many areas of life it is possible to demonstrate good qualities while doing something wrong. A thief in a gang may demonstrate impeccable loyalty to his fellow criminals during the act of stealing; looking out for them, protecting them from danger, being sure to give them a generous proportion of the takings. None of this in any way lessens the immorality of the act; it just means he is being a “good” thief rather than a “bad” thief. As we have seen, Scripture is clear in its prohibition of any homosexual activity. Activity that is faithful and committed is no more permissible than activity that’s promiscuous and unfaithful.
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Recently, I read through the book, Is God anti-gay: And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible, and same-sex attraction by Sam Allberry. The book was literally just published and was released less than a month ago by The Good Book Company as part of a series of books they call, “Questions Christians ask.” Other books in the series include What happens when I die?, Who on earth is the Holy Spirit?, and Did the devil make me do it?.
I was really interested in this book particularly because of some of the feedback after a sermon I preached a little while back in which I addressed the topic of homosexuality. More accurately, a portion of the sermon was on homosexuality, and it had to do with our treatment of and acceptance of those who express that they are gay or lesbian. As I said then, it is likely that each one of us knows someone or is even related to someone who believes himself or herself to be homosexual. Because of this reality, Christ-followers should consider how they will respond in the future as situations arise.
In the introduction, the author, Sam Allberry, expresses a little about himself. He openly talks about his own journey of facing the reality that he might be gay (5-6). He makes a very important distinction that I found helpful. Mr. Allberry prefers to use the term same-sex attraction to describe an aspect of himself rather than use the word gay because often those who describe themselves as gay are referring to an entire lifestyle and a personal identity wrapped up in being a homosexual (8). Allberry states that same-sex attractions are “part of what I feel but are not who I am in a fundamental sense (9).” This distinction, I believe, helps us understand that same-sex attraction is simply a temptation that some people deal with just like others deal with temptation to indulge in drugs or alcohol or heterosexual sex outside of the bounds of marriage.
In chapter 1, Allberry sets the stage on the foundation of the Bible. He looks to the Bible as the source of truth and authority. From the Bible, he argues that the Bible approves of sex. He reminds us that God invented marriage for a man and a woman, and he argues that sex was a gift from God for both reproduction and pleasure, but all within a marriage.
In chapter 2, Allberry exposes the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality from both the Old and New Testaments. With solid interpreting methods, he acknowledges that the Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin against God and is a perversion of what God created.
In Chapter 3, Allberry talks about the compatibility of a Christian and a homosexual lifestyle. He asserts that if one is a Christ-follower, he or she should either marry a person of the opposite sex or remain single.
In chapter 4, Allberry appeals to the church to receive homosexual couples as warmly as they would anybody else. He argues that the church should be concerned about the state of their souls first. He offers some very practical advice on how to welcome someone who is a homosexual or someone who deals with same-sex attraction.
In chapter 5, Allberry describes practical ways for individual Christians to embrace and respond to someone who deals with same-sex attraction regardless of whether they go to church or not. He appeals to Christians to share the gospel, and he offers some insights into more effective ways than have been used by Christians to tear down the individual.
This topic seems to be growing more prominent in our culture; we cannot ignore it. This is an excellent book on the topic. He highlights some of the key questions that come up in discussions that will likely be the content of future articles … so stay tuned.
Howe about … 9 steps to better Bible reading, part 3
First, make a plan to spend time in Scripture. Otherwise it doesn’t happen.
Second, go to Scripture believing it is the Word of God … because it is!!!
Third, eliminate distractions.
Fourth, pray. Ask the Spirit of God to grant understanding of what is read.
Fifth, read. Read and reread the text.
Sixth, ask questions.
Number seven on my list is: write. Write as you engage in studying the word. Writing serves as an organizing and memory tool. Writing out some of the big ideas that you see in the text, writing some of your questions about the text, writing your thoughts about God and yourself will aid in helping you remember what you read and what was important about what you read. In addition to that, writing your thoughts in a prayer-like way to God can be a wonderful experience of considering God. Finally, having a written record provides something you can return to for the sake of encouragement down the road. Writing is one of the surprising, but amazing tools for experiencing better Bible reading times.
Eighth, meditate. Meditate on what you have read and gleaned as the main idea or ideas. Usually, writing will assist with memory retention for meditation. There does not need to be anything weird about meditating. Meditating is not going into a semi-conscious trance or sitting in a certain posture. Meditating on Scripture is simply remembering the truths of Scripture throughout the day, thinking about what it means, employing what it calls us to do, or praying the words to God. In short, the word should be on our mind often throughout the day. Therefore, put some thought into remembering. If you need helps, sign up for daily Bible verses to be sent to your email, write a verse on a note card, or put something in your path that will cause you to think of Scripture.
Ninth, obey the Word. After all is said and done, if we don’t obey the Word, there was very little value in reading it. When our hearts are obedient to the Word of God, we will find that the Lord wants to reveal truth to us and deepen our joy. If our motives are anything other than to obey, God knows. We cannot fool the God who knows our hearts. However, the Word of God is powerful to do an amazing work so read even if your motives are not right on track. Know that there is a great reward and joy for obeying the LORD God!
Today, we conclude this three part series on how to better read the Bible. I hope these 9 tips for better Bible reading offer some useful guidance for you. Remember, they are just tips, not a guideline for every single time you read. The BIG thing is just READ! Any chance you get, read! Get up in the morning, read the Word! Read before you go to bed! Read, read, read!!!
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.