On August 7, 2016 I preached my first sermon in the newly founded Covenant Reformed Church in Steinbach, MB. I had no idea what God was going to do that Sunday and beyond, but it sure has been a lot of fun to be a part of it. About 35 people gathered that day, and it was an awesome day. Between then and now God has doubled our congregation (roughly) and he has done some pretty amazing things in our small group.
About two weeks ago the elders called a meeting for those in our church. They presented to the congregation three steps for the future of CRC including staffing and budget. I will spare the details, but essentially the long-term plan was to bring me on as a part-time pastor in the Spring with an eye to fulfilling the pastoral role full-time in 2018. But the congregation would have none of it. They asked the elders to call me to the full-time role, immediately, effective April 1, 2017!!!
Needless to say I was both shocked and awed by this decision. Tanya and I accepted this call with no hesitation. We are so happy to be a part of this group of people, and we are so excited to see what God will do with our little church in the heart of Anabaptist country.
Please pray for our church and for Tanya and I as we begin this new and exciting chapter of our lives.
Soli Deo Gloria