One of the most overwhelming realizations I have ever had is simply this: God has been writing the story of my life...the whole time. I came to faith when I was 19 years old and just a couple of weeks shy of being a freshman in college. On the surface it appears that the Lord was nowhere to be found in my life prior to my conversion. I was not raised in a believing home, had minimal contact with people who understood the gospel of Jesus, and lived a raucous and regretful lifestyle. Everything seemed to indicate the absence of God rather than His activity. I just assumed that Christ was active in my life only when I was aware of His activity. Well...I was wrong.
II Corinthians 1: 3-4 encourages my heart to know that those years were not wasted. God has taken a soiled past and used it to comfort, encourage and assure others of the comfort afforded in Christ. So, what appeared to me as a wasteland, the Lord has actually transformed for His purposes. He was never absent...just patient. He truly is the eager Father anxious for His prodigal to come home.
Natalie and I came to The Village in 2004 with a deep desire to establish roots among a community of believers who we can faithfully run this race alongside. I cannot tell you how many times in a thousand different places that we say how much we love the people of this place and what Christ is doing in us and through us. We resonate with the vision. We love the authenticity. We treasure the relationships. We are a part of the mission.
I am not just a "staff member" who is a "professional pastor." I can tell you that our lives are being changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ along with you. We are persevering through the hardships, hoping for marriages, raising our kids, celebrating the victories and praying that God is treasured above all and that we are found faithful.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village Church is that we would be a people who walk humbly with our God as we express and extend the gospel to all generations.