longevity

November 6, 2017

The Undeniable Benefits Of Longevity In Ministry

Just a few days ago, October 31, 2017 - I celebrated the fact that 18 years ago my wife, Cherith, and I came to Arkansas to be the Kids Pastors at First NLR.  What a ride it has been!  We have been blessed to serve under two incredible pastors, Dr. Alton Garrison (the first 18 months) and Rod Loy (the past 16.5 years).  To serve on such an incredible team (many of whom have been along for MOST of the ride as well) is more of a blessing than I could describe. There's something to be said about longevity in ministry […]
October 31, 2014

The Unmistakable Benefits Of Longevity In Ministry

Today is October 31, 2014.  It was exactly 15 years ago that my wife, Cherith, and I came to Arkansas to be the Kids Pastors at First NLR.  What a ride it has been!  We have been blessed to serve under two incredible pastors, Dr. Alton Garrison (the first 18 months) and Rod Loy (the past 13.5 years).  To serve on such an incredible team (many of whom have been along for MOST of the ride as well) is more of a blessing than I could describe. There's something to be said about longevity in ministry - especially longevity in […]
January 27, 2014

Longevity In Ministry - The Benefits

This past weekend I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the Power Up conference in Southern California.  I was so blessed to meet two incredible individuals, both over 80 years old and STILL actively involved in Children's Ministry.  What truly blew me away was that even after 60+ years in Children's Ministry, they were both at a Conference ready and eager to learn. At this same conference, they honored a couple, Ron and Judy Radachy (pictured above), who had served 35 years in an inner-city ministry in Hollywood, CA.  It was such a blessing to see two […]
July 22, 2013

Becoming A SLAM-Grandparent!

Yesterday was a very cool day for my wife, Cherith, and I. It was the day we discovered we are now "SLAM Grandparents" at First NLR. We became the Kids Pastors here in 1999 - nearly 14 years ago. "SLAM" is the name of the Elementary Kids Church service we began when we got here. Yesterday, it was an honor to welcome several children into "SLAM" who belong to Anthony Kennedy, one of the kids that were in that original group. I am about to celebrate my 14th year as Kids Pastor at First NLR. I have been blessed to […]