On May 26, 1996, I preached my first message as the new pastor of Forest Park. I cannot thank God enough for all He has done. I’m thankful for the staff that has served alongside me through the years. Some left us to serve in other ministries. All of them helped us advance the work of God.
I’m thankful for those of you who pray, give and serve. I’ve been inspired by your willingness to work hard and sacrifice to help people take their next step toward God. I’m thankful for my family, and especially my wife, who has led our Awana ministry these 20 years helping thousands of children grow in their relationship with the Lord.
I’m also thankful for the opportunities ahead of us. We’ve grown from one campus to three, from 500 in a single worship service to about 1,800 in six services, but God’s plans for us include SO MUCH MORE! We need to be our very best for Jesus more than ever before.
The changes in our world have made our work more difficult. I’m thankful that most of you are ready to join me in doing whatever God leads us to do reach people with the gospel.
The trustees encouraged me to take a 30-day sabbatical to refresh and spend time with my family and with the Lord. When I return, I’m looking forward to our future together. God is bringing us some new leaders who are ready to make a difference. We’re improving our kids venues and expanding for growth. God is using us to make an eternal difference in more people than you can imagine. Thank you for 20 great years!