I love to help people build things. When performing in shows I loved being a part of the whole process that resulted in a big production. When I worked in the public school system and in music ministry, I enjoyed working together with people to create the highest caliber of music possible in each group I directed. In my life as a pastor, I find that the greatest reward is watching life changing ministry occur in the hearts and minds of the people in my community. Building souls is awe inspiring to say the very least.
While I have been actively involved in church work for most of my adult life, I can honestly say that the congregation at First United Methodist Church of Truth or Consequences will always hold a special place in my heart. T or C was the first place I was called a pastor. It was the place that I learned to spread my wings and truly live into the calling that God placed on my life many years ago. I entered into a special bond with the T or C congregation that continues to empower our church and community. Our connectional thread continues to be the Holy Spirit. Together, we step out in faith knowing that it is through Divine leadership that we are all made new.
Sunday, June 17th, will be my last day with the people of this wonderful congregation. I will be moving from Southern New Mexico to lead worship in Rio Rancho, NM. My ministry will continue in a different place, with different people, and different concerns. I will always be grateful to the people in T or C who filled my spirit full of joy each week as we celebrated the risen Christ. To say my cup is full of love for you is an understatement. I appreciate the tools that you gave me to build a place where all are welcome.
It is with the spirit of joy and trust that I turn to my new church in Rio Rancho. Please know that I am a person who feels truly blessed to have worshiped with some amazing people. As I acknowledge the presence of God in the lives of those who went before me, I look forward to you and am excited about embracing this new part of the journey. We push forward knowing that God will lead us as we transform our world with the incredible message that God loves all of us.