My life has been quite a journey confirming that God’s ways are not our ways nor His thoughts our thoughts. After a 40 year career at MetLife, God revealed my next assignment, to become the Senior Pastor of Church of the Valley.
I enjoyed a corporate career God orchestrated that included five relocations. As a family, with each relocation we got to see how God placed us in a local church. Each church specifically met the needs and future ministry plans for our family. God revealed Himself amazingly in the details of our lives and continues to do so.
My career at MetLife prepared me for what God had planned for 2019. After many years of ‘pastoring’ as a business leader, I was to take my experiences mentoring, developing of people and business acumen to full-time ministry.
Church leadership is not new to me, the Lord used each relocation as a platform to groom me. As I reflect on what the Lord was doing – it was not only about my spiritual development. He was also working in a powerful way in the lives of the entire household. I got to see doors open for Jo (my wife) to get more involved in her passion of Bible study and leading women. In addition, God has blessed each of our three children to find their respective places in their walk with the Lord.
I am excited about what the Lord is doing at COV. He has us as a community focusing on the basics of relationship with Him. As we desire an intimate relationship with Him, we continually find ourselves growing in our faith; growing in our relationships with one another and desiring to make an impact in our community and the world.
He is doing exceedingly more than we could ever ask or think! Yes He is real!
Pastor Joel –