Over the last three years our lives have been challenged and blessed by the study and community at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. In that time, we have made friends that we now consider family. W have also learned to depend more fully on such a faithful God. The month of May was filled with many bittersweet moments. Moments of sadness in leaving our seminary home and the friends that we loved so dearly. Moments of nervous excitement met with overwhelming joy knowing that we have been called to do ministry in North Carolina. For those who don’t know, Chris has taken a job to be the Director of Student Ministry’s at Reynolda Church EPC in Winston- Salem, North Carolina.
As we prayed about this opportunity we both felt so much love and peace towards the community of Reynolda Church. North Carolina has been a state that we have felt called to even in the years before we were married. The decision to take this offer was based on much prayer and a feeling of being called by God towards the ministry.
With much prayer and consideration we have also found our new home, which we are calling The Ardmore Cottage. One of the pastors here at Reynolda Church connected us with another youth pastor in the area that was renting out this home and we fell in love at first sight.
We have felt welcomed with open arms in our new community and can’t wait to dive into the student ministry here! We also get to reconnect with our YWAM family, the DuPreist, and meet their new addition; who we are just in love with!
Please pray that we can make our new students feel connected with the staff and church community during such an unsettling time. Pray that Chris can have a smooth transition into his new position.
Quotes of the Month:
“Jesus is a teacher who doesn’t just inform our intellect but forms our very loves. He isn’t content to simply deposit new ideas into your mind; he is after nothing less than your wants, your loves, your longings.” James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
“Jesus sees redemption in the ruin.” Pastor Chris Lawson, Reynolda Church