My wife Cindy and I lived in California
for over 30 years and had been very active in our church during those
years. At the age of 55 I began to consider God’s call. I
approached Cindy with the idea of one more adventure in our lives
before we got old - going into full time ministry. She said she
wanted to think about it, and later that day, called and said she was
in, so our adventure began.
We sold our home, concluded our
business dealings, and bid farewell to our adult children, friends
and life in California and moved to Columbus, Ohio. From Columbus I
commuted down to Cincinnati Christian University for my schooling,
and after two years graduated. At that time I felt God was calling me
to the Phoenix area to pastor, so we moved again.
After arriving in Phoenix all my
potential leads for pastor-ship became vapor and, like vapor,
disappeared. I began to wait on God to give me His direction. As I
waited I began an in depth study of the Bible and after two years
completed my own commentary. It is interesting to note, in November
of 2012, as I completed the last book of my commentary, Acts, I
received the call to pastor Spur Cross Cowboy Church.
Spur Cross Cowboy Church, located just
north of Phoenix, sat on the cusp of an area that is rapidly changing
from a country to an urban lifestyle. Some in the congregation longed
for the cowboy lifestyle. As a result, my church has recently gone
through a major change. As of the first of the year Spur Cross
closed and we became a new church, North Valley Christian Church,
meeting in a new location.
It has now been eight years since
Cindy and I decided to strike out for God on the road of faith. It
has been an exhilarating and challenging experience for God has kept
us, grown us, shown us, honed us and loved us in amazing ways. I
thank our God every day for the opportunity to be His man, and pray
He finds me to be His good servant.
Pastor, North Valley Christian Church
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