18. What was your biggest fear as a pastor?
We have not lived in a lot of fear. As a young man, I was concerned that I would ever have enough to say 52 weeks out of the year. That was fear in my life, but having a successful career in the business world taught me much about being prepared and leveraging my experience to share God’s plan. We pray daily that God will find us faithful and diligent about His calling, but we don’t fear failure. We fear the wrath of God that finds us slothful or lazy in our stewardship of His calling and His work.
19. What is your biggest hope for your church?
We hope that God will continue to find favor in us as a church body and that we can reach the hurting and lost people in our community. So many children, young people, and seniors alike are hurting deeply. They are searching for an eternal hope and peace in their lives. We want more than anything to be a place of refuge for them. We want to see real change and see people experience the fullness of a relationship with Jesus.
20. What is the one habit that has helped you as a pastor?
Loving people. Pastor Roger Perkin told me once that you don’t have to be a good preacher; you just have to love people. We assumed that was because we were not really good at preaching. We have found that God has given us the ability to be loving, and we are thankful that He taught us through His life and leadership how to be sincere and transparent with people.
21. Who has been your champion (encourager)?
There are so many that it is difficult to mention them all. We have had some of the greatest leaders and pastors in the world. We grew up under CW Quattlebaum who loved us and adopted us into his family. He taught me the importance of door-to-door witnessing and the urge to see people radically changed. As teenagers, we were led by George Westlake III who provided rich and deep learning of the Scriptures and married us. As newlyweds, we served as youth pastors under Charles Taff. As parents of two little boys, we learned to love under the leadership of Roger Perkin and Jack Blansit. We learned to lead and dream big under John Martz who helped to plant a vision in our hearts. Our friendship with Curtis and Cindy Washam and Dave and Robyn Cross has been unfailing. They have believed in us and encouraged us to take the challenge and trust God. Matthew and Cara King, Joe and Shelly Brooks, Edwinta and Gus Naranjo, Kevin and Tiffany Hamel, Ronda Amer and Tracy, and Jeff Mehan have been amazing friends in our lives. The list could go on and on as we are truly blessed beyond measure.