Greetings from my Study Leave!
I have already begun preparing for 2019. I am reviewing several books and articles. I am praying. I am studying the Scripture, of course. I will have some concentrated time next week to study and pray. I will be participating in a retreat for all the missionaries who serve through Global Gates. This mission entity was started by Chris Clayman. Chris and Nicole were in our church for a season in their lives. Our church supported them for several years as they began their mission work in New York City.
They eventually started Global Gates to assemble teams to work in Global Gateway cities in an effort to reach the unreached peoples of the world who move to these massive population centers. In fact, we have a team of youth who left today to work with Global Gates missionaries serving in Houston.
I will be facilitating worship for these missionaries on their annual retreat in Belton, Texas. I will have a good bit of time to myself in this retreat setting. I am looking forward to it.
I will also be attending the annual retreat with the Baylor Board of Regents in Waco later in July. I will spend some time in the Baylor Library to research and study.
I have already mentioned to you that I have asked Josh Stowe and Katy Reed to fill the pulpit in my absence. I am praying for both of them as they prepare to share God’s Word with you. Here is a brief word about both of them.
Dr. Joshua Stowe (July 8, 15, 29) – Josh currently serves as our Associate Pastor for Pastoral Ministries. Josh served for over 15 years as a Senior Pastor at churches in Texas and Missouri. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Logsdon Seminary, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry from Austin Seminary. He also recently earned a Masters in Counseling from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.
Josh helps me oversee the pastoral care of our church. He conducts many funerals for our church members, visits the hospitals, counsels — and does so much to enrich the lives of our people. He is a deep thinker and a capable theologian. I love the partnership that he and I enjoy together in ministry. You will be blessed by his messages.
Rev. Katy Reed (July 22) – Katy holds a Masters in Divinity from George Truett Theological Seminary. She has had extensive ministry experience through her work in Baptist Campus Ministry. She currently serves as our Director for College Ministries.
Katy recently preached at her parents’ church back home. She has been leading our College Ministry for 3 years now. We ordained her to the Gospel Ministry a year or so ago. I am excited for you to hear her preach the Gospel at our church. You may remember Peter’s quote from Joel’s prophecy at Pentecost: “’And it shall be in the last days’, God says, ‘That I will pour forth my Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy . . .’” (Acts 2:17). I am grateful for Katy and the impact she continues to have on our college students here at FBCA.
Personal Note – Many of you heard that we did find a new home. We are to sign the papers in a few weeks. We plan to move to our new home in early August. We will be about 5 minutes from the church. We are excited about living closer to the church and the downtown community.
Thank you for your prayers while I am away. I love you and am grateful to be your pastor.