On April 14 (4 weeks away), I will be concluding interim pastorate no. 4 at Living Grace Church here in Campbellsville. I served Living Grace Church as interim pastor back in 2008-09 during a previous pastor search process and again this time around for the past 9 months.
The people of Living Grace Church are wonderful. They have been so kind and gracious to let me learn alongside of them what it means to be a church that is intergenerational, inter-denominational, multiracial and from every socioeconomic level in our community.
I have been stretched in my understanding of the primary Christian doctrines, built up in my belief in the sufficiency of God’s Word, and saw how stabilizing church administration is essential for a 10-year old church plant.
I give thanks to the previous pastors of Living Grace Church: Pastor Phillip Kelley and Pastor Jason Fox. The time between my first interim and my second showed how much leadership, blood, sweat, and tears these men invested in LGC. Thank you my dear brothers for giving your hearts (and probably lots of nights of sleep) to this people.
I also give thanks for my worship leader for the first 6 months Mr. Benson Sexton and his dear wife Kristin, our church media guru. These two leaders have been invaluable friends to me and my family and diligent co-laborers in the Gospel ministry.
I give thanks to our youth minister Mr. Mike Humphress who has a tender heart before the Lord and a true passion to develop leaders who love students. I am also thankful for Mrs. Anne Sanders who leads the children’s ministry. I have been impressed time and time again with her organization and vision for our GraceKids. Ms. Debbie Ruggles, the church secretary, has been my helper, encourager, and faithful supporter through thick and thin. She has been a peace-giving force in my life.
I will miss seeing the smiling faces on Sunday mornings. I will miss the warm hugs from those ladies (and a few fellas) who gave me a hug every week no matter what was going on. I will miss watching the children of LGC run all over the place after worship. I will miss being called “pastor” which is a term of endearment and devotion, which blessed me every time. And “step-pastor” by one dear friend which always made me smile and laugh.
But unlike other interim pastorates which have been in other towns, when this one concludes I will still get the chance to see the people of LGC out and about in our little community, which will always be a treat.