I have been involved in pastoral ministry for over ten years and there is nothing I would rather do. I love it! Through the vision and support of my friend and mentor Pastor Tim May, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a youth pastor and then a church plant pastor. In April of 2009, Frederick County Foursquare Church was planted out of theBridge, A Foursquare Community Church, and I have been the Senior Pastor at FCFC since that first Sunday over six years ago.
I have been married for twenty-two years to the love of my life, Julie and together we are raising two beautiful daughters. The neat thing that I have enjoyed about ministry in our family is that we do ministry as a family, together. My wife and our girls are just as active at FCFC as I am and it is just awesome!
I am a bi-vocational pastor so when I am not serving at FCFC I am working as an IT Professional. There are many things that I enjoy outside of my vocation and ministry such as playing video games, watching football, fly fishing and Hunting. Hunting is a fairly new experience for me and what rocked my world was how close I felt to God while sitting in the woods. It has become a time that I both enjoy and cherish.
My philosophy of ministry is fairly simple. I believe that we enjoy and know God best through relationship with Him not through some legalistic, religious experience. So, I believe the best way to minister to people and introduce them to God is through his love and relationship. Why? Because that is how I met Him.
I look forward to meeting you one day and I hope you will come and visit FCFC one Sunday soon.
May God bless you and your family!
I have been married to Donnie, the love of my heart since 1993! We were blessed with 2 daughters, Karli our aspiring Chef and Brookie, our social butterfly! Life is never dull with 2 teens in our home and a 35lb pooch that thinks it’s a lapdog! Returning to work after experiencing the privilege of being a stay-at-home Mom for the past 17 years was unexpected, but the Lord clearly designed this for me as a ‘new season.’ (He’s always stretching us, isn’t He?)
Several years ago, Donnie & I visited a church in Charles Town, WV (theBridge) with our girls. Not long after we started attending, Susan (the Pastors wife) asked me if we’d like to come to their Home Group on a Sunday evening. Little did I know at the time, that simple – innocent question ended up changing our lives! It was during those years under Pastor Tim & Susan’s ministry and friendship that this girl was healed, restored and set free to walk in the path that God had planned for me all along! I could never dream up what the Lord has allowed me the privilege of doing in serving His people.
Now, we GET TO love on and Pastor those that God places within our ministry! What a JOY to be given the opportunity to walk alongside of them as they live out their stories!
My ‘growing up’ years would be the proving grounds for ministry. Thru all of ‘it’ I came to realize, thankfully, my identity comes from my Savior Jesus. Period. Due to His very present presence directing me thru every step – I can stand before you and tell you first hand that He IS good, He IS loving and He IS FAITHFUL. He has given me a deep desire to share these truths with other women. Jesus is real and relational. He loves without regard to our ‘warts’ or our feelings of inadequacy. He doesn’t want us to just exist but wants us to flourish in THIS lifetime! Can you imagine Jesus actually delights in you? He does! His word says so!!! Zephaniah 3:17NLT
OH! In case you were wondering what I do in my free-time (hehehehe…) I love to can (preserve) fresh, in-season fruits and vege’s as well as kayak with my Donnie on the beautiful waters of the Shenandoah river and its tributaries!
Hope your day is lovely! Warm Fuzzies, Jul