I get the privilege to serve on a advisory committee for Campbellsville University called the “Church Relations Council.” The CRC is a group of men and women from all over the US who are active in church leadership and have some affiliation with Campbellsville.
As a former alum and current associate pastor, they invited me to participate. Actually, I ask them if I could join…and they said “yes.” I have served on the CRC for four years.
One special treat for this CRC meeting is hearing my mentor, Dr. Ted Taylor, give a presentation on the FIRST CLASS leadership institute. Dr. Taylor was the professor who really introduced me to Christian ministry and how to live out my calling from God. He taught me to think critically about the practice of ministry and how to keep the message the same, but to use new methods. He is the one that led me down a path toward this calling in Christian education. Without him, I would not be where I am today.
He invested in my life outside of the classroom as well. I have spent hours talking with Dr. Taylor over the years, seeking his council and insight. He probably has written more letters of reference for me than anyone else. He even wrote one recommendation letter to someone saying “Garrison wants my job and I would give it to him.”
I am one of the thousands of students he has impacted over the years. I will forever be indebted to Dr. Taylor for his godly, Christian influence in my life.