There is so much to tell you! But, first, a little back story.
Yes, this journalist is going to bury the lede on purpose. Hang with me.
A key part of my personal faith story is that I had to leave my hometown of Albany, NY, to encounter Jesus in words and actions that I could understand. Without encountering faithful people along the way who knew him in my New York City college, in the various friendships we built in the places to which the Air Force took us, I’m not sure I would have the relationship and calling to serve that I live in today. Those of you who showed us Jesus, you have my love and gratitude.
I first sensed a calling to full-time ministry shortly after a defining encounter with the Holy Spirit in Tacoma, WA, where we lived in 1993. I was already involved in a church, in ministry there as a volunteer, part of a community of people who lived an authentic faith, and who just loved us for who and where we were.
And so it began…
When that developing dream became a reality, it came in the form of Youth For Christ’s City Life team in Schenectady and a wonderful, prayer-grounded church located in the same neighborhood. I was on staff there for a few years and have been deeply a part of both of those ministries during the past 15 years. I will treasure that time always.
I’ve officially joined the staff of a brand new church in Albany. A church serving midtown Albany, the very part of the city where I grew up not hearing about or seeing the Jesus I now know. I’m so blessed to have been called to be a missionary to my home city!
Most people I’ve gotten to tell in person have not been at all surprised that I’m involved in a church plant with a set of core values that hinge on loving God, loving each other, and loving the world. In many ways, that feels like my DNA. The beauty of it is that the team of people comprising the core team together defined what our church would be about, before we really knew we’d all be a church together.
Formally speaking, my role is Ministry Administrator for Christ’s Church Albany. In reality, I chase ALL the details going into the organization of this new church as we head toward our launch in September. Thankfully, I don’t do that alone because the core team of people is so gifted and generous with their time and ability. I have the privilege of leading alongside some solid leaders. In addition to being the ministry detail person, I’ll be part of the preaching and discipleship teams. There will likely be some youth and children’s ministry time in the mix down the road, as well, because, well, I’m still me and that is a part of my DNA, too.
Some prayer requests:
- A long-term (3-5 year) place to meet for our Sunday gatherings.
- Funding (it’s going well, but there’s a bit to go to meet the need for the first few years until we can be self-sustaining).
- For the great events coming up this summer in partnership with different community organizations.
- For Albany!
A friend who is planting a new church in another state celebrated my news with me the other day by saying, “Welcome to the water side of the boat!” It sure feels that way, and I’m thrilled about that!
If you’d like to hear more about it, be on my email update list, help with fundraising, or something I haven’t listed, you can leave a comment OR use the contact page (or call or email me if you’ve got those!). You can connect with Christ’s Church Albany on Facebook [by clicking here] or Twitter [by clicking here], as well. Website and other fun coming soon!