I think many of you remember it was my good friend Brian Newman who spiritually poked, prodded, and pushed me to pay attention to the leading of God about becoming the next lead pastor of Living Word. Way back when Pastor Steve was just beginning the transition process for succession, Brian Newman reflected with me about how I would be a good fit to follow Pastor Steve. I told him I wasn’t interested. Brian didn’t let the matter drop and from time to time would probe about how things were going with finding a new senior pastor!
When we had received another batch of resumes and were not finding anyone, Brian told me, “Maybe this is God getting your attention.” And so began a mentoring session where Brian helped me process this situation and the senior pastor role.
And as they say, the rest is history. Even if it is a short history, it has been a good history. And I am grateful to God for using Brian for his prompting and mentoring about this calling.
Here is a clip from his Sunday morning visit on January 1, 2017:
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