Director of First Touch and Youth Ministries
Growing up in Logan, Ohio, my mom was involved in the local Methodist Church and did her best to expose me to the World of God. As a stubborn youth, though, I was resistant and eventually drifted away from church altogether assuming, arrogantly, I could navigate life independently. I spent my high school, college, and young adult years attempting to convince myself and anyone who would listen that God was not real.
When I was 24, I ran into an old acquaintance from high school whom I began to date. After only nine months, I asked her to marry me and for some reason, despite my many flaws, she said yes. Kristy, a Christian her entire life, wanted so badly for me to know Jesus, but I was once again resistant. Finally, I agreed to visit church to make her happy, but did everything I could to avoid fully listening to the messages or talking about them afterward. Slowly, though, week after week, it felt as if Pastor Matthew’s messages were speaking directly to me. My heart and mind were challenged in ways I had never experienced, I become interested in the Gospel message, began volunteering, and finally gave my life to Jesus Christ.
Through my experiences in Children’s Ministry, First Touch Ministries, and Connect Group, I developed stronger relationships than I had ever known, grew in my faith, and, for the first time, was shown the true purpose of my life. Today, Kristy, my children, Bella and Evan, and I are active members at LCC and cannot imagine our lives without the life-changing power of God we have experienced during our time here. In taking on the new role of Connections Assistant, I hope to help others find the connectedness and fulfillment of life I have been blessed to experience through Jesus’ grace and love.
My hope for LCC:
My hope for LCC is that we will have the courage to get out of the boat! Matthew 14:26-29 recounts the story of Jesus walking on water. The disciples in the boat were terrified at first, but in verses 28-29 we see this exchange: 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
It is so easy to view this story as a failure because we know the next verse says Peter became scared and fell into the water. Peter was the only one, though, who had the faith and audacity to believe he could walk on water if Jesus said he could. My hope is that we, as a church, grow to have that type of faith that allows us to follow Jesus in all aspects of our lives in order to be a light in our community.