Being called by God is hard to explain. It is when a course is so compelling that there is no other option but to take it. When the calling is clear, it confirms what we were created for, our God given design. God has been writing the pages of our story long before we knew how the story would unfold. We believe He has invited us into the journey that is ahead and given us glimpses of what is to come, asking us to step out in faith as we follow Him. It is a bittersweet. The bitter mourns what is being left behind and the sweet embraces the risk and longs for what is ahead. That is what is feels like to be called to a vision.
When I was 19 years old I spent 6 months in Romania serving alongside local youth leaders, working with a team to equip them in reaching a young generation. I experienced those youth leaders as extremely stuck in their ability to reach young people with the gospel of grace and Jesus’ redemption as they were limited by the power over mentality of the leaders in the churches they served in. The frustration those youth leaders felt was crippling and discouraging to say the least.
I took those leaders and their students to a week long camp where we taught them English and shared with them the love story of Jesus. I watched as many gave their lives to Jesus and it was in that camp, from those youth pastors and their kids, where I felt for the first time that it would be new, healthy churches that God would use to reach the coming generations and the world. I remember climbing onto a rooftop and asking God to allow me to be a part of His plan for the Church.
I finished my college theological training and went on to serve 7 years in an incredible church in Franklin, Tennessee. It is there that I have been broken, stretched, loved, equipped, mentored and prepared for this next season. It is at this time I feel more clearly then ever that God is allowing me, and calling me, into His plan through serving the Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lead Pastor City