“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. O him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11
Over the last few months, you have been faithful to pray for us as we sought God’s will for our family and ministry. God sustained us through His power and your prayers, and we are excited to tell you that He has given us direction in answer to those prayers. At the end of July, I officially accepted a pastoral role at the City campus of Vintage Church. We covet your continued prayers as the church and our family continue in a time of transition, but we are in awe of what God has done and is doing to reach people in Pittsburgh. The Lord has greatly answered many prayers that have been offered up both for our family and for the church in this city.
I will serve alongside lead pastor Rob Wilton by helping him guide the people of the city campus toward accomplishing Vintage’s mission to live the gospel, serve the city, and be the church. I will continue to serve as a shepherding pastor to the people of the city campus on Mt. Washington, responsible for oversight of discipleship ministries such as small groups, children’s ministry, and guest connections.
Just this summer, we have seen the need for a staff member uniquely dedicated to serving the people of the city campus. Courtney and Joanne from last month’s blog are perfect examples of the type of people we are getting to serve. Baptism is great, but soon after she was baptized, Joanne started to go through some trials. The christian life only intensifies once we decide to follow him. We were able to be there when she needed medication for worsening brain aneurysms, we were there when Jackson needed a ride to church after his brother died, and we were there to connect Courtney with seasoned believers to help guide her in her walk. This is the kind of “on the ground” ministry you support when you pray for us!
Since Vintage is still a church plant, they cannot logistically afford to pay a large number of staff members. In order for me to serve full-time in this role, I will have to secure outside funding for my salary. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider joining the Lord’s work in Pittsburgh by committing to support us through prayer and financially in 2020. Currently, I work part-time at Vintage and part-time as a warehouse chaplain. Megan also works part-time to supplement our family’s income. Our goal, however, is for me to be able to step aside from chaplain work and devote a full-time schedule to the people of Pittsburgh and Vintage City. If you are interested in partnering with us financially, please feel free to call or email me! (firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-802-6895)