Ten Years A Member
It is strange to think that this week marks my seventh anniversary as being the senior pastor of Providence Baptist. But even more remarkable, is this is the tenth anniversary from when we began attending the church.
It began when I resigned from my previous position back in Tennessee and before I left for school in Britain. I had been having exchanges with a friend from high school who kept asking me to come visit her church. I had plans to preach at several other churches during this time, but when those invitations dried up, I finally gave in to my friend’s request. My daughter, Ella and I made the hour and twenty-minute trip down to Huntsville. And am I glad I did!
I was met by a warm hospitable group who took worship seriously. It felt like ages since I had been in a church that placed a high value on the scriptures. God’s name was lifted and magnified. I came home telling Lisa what a remarkable place and people were at Providence. She asked if we could visit again. We did and on the way home she said, ‘I think we should make this our home church during our time in Britain’. So, week after week, we made the drive from Tennessee to Alabama (I might add, we have at least one family that is still making that trip).
Little did I know in October of 2009 that I would be stepping into the role of Senior Pastor exactly three years later; first as an interim and then full-time. I am so grateful to God for my church family. I feel your love and support. I treasure your family. I feel and sense the supreme honor it is to be your pastor. I also feel the weight of what that means before the eyes of God. I love you and thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I can’t wait to see what God will do in us and through us should he grant us more years upon this earth.