It’s been about a month since my last entry, way too long to go with so much going on in my life right now. Suffice it so say that there is a lot involved in bringing one ministry to a close and gearing up for another one. Our family is in the process of getting ready to move this weekend and hoping to touch down in Springfield, MO on Memorial Day to bring our belongings into an empty house we will call home. I am planning to be in the pulpit for my first Sunday as pastor of University Heights Baptist Church on June 3rd.
For the masses (ministerially speaking) who normally look for me at Signal Mountain Musings, welcome to my new location with a new title. It isn’t all that original, but should be easy to remember. Once on my feet in Springfield, I hope to once again add to the dialogue taking place in Baptist land. I can tell you that I am really excited and grateful to be in a church with American Baptist and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leanings. Our Baptist distinctives are extremely important to me, and I believe I can resonate with the traditional Baptists who are part of the family of faith at UHBC. I’m looking forward to making a difference in a new ministry location and getting to know folks of a Missouri persuasion.
As this move has unfolded, I’ve been reminded of what the late Dr. Charles Harvey, Sr. said to a fellow student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary during class one day. This particular student had some difficulty at his church and was concerned about what he should do. I’ll never forget Dr. Harvey’s response. He said, “People may thwart the will of God, but God takes care of his servants.” That remark, uttered over 15 years ago has remained part of my ministry vocabulary all this time. I’ve seen this truth validated time and again with my friends as well as in my own life. I’m excited about this next chapter of my life, and look forward to discussions about Baptist issues once again in this format very soon.