About this time we are pulling away from what was our home in Michigan for almost 8 years. My wife and I have lived in Michigan our whole lives, and both of our parents still live in Michigan, so moving away is a hard thing for us to do. What would make us move away from our hometown? It isn’t because we don’t love the great state of Michigan or really even the horrible economic downturn it is experiencing. We are moving away because God called me to be a youth pastor when I was a young boy and I am finally being able to see the fulfillment of that calling now.
We are moving down to Ohio because I have accepted the role as youth pastor at The River Church in Liberty Township, OH (near Cincinnati). I have been a youth pastor before, but this is the first time when this will be my full-time occupation. It has been over 15 years since I graduated from Elim Bible Institute, so it has been a long journey. However, every step of the way has been worth it.
The hardest part about this move is leaving all of our friends and family back here in Michigan. We love everyone so much and are so very grateful for all of your love. I do not believe that this will be a goodbye, but more of a “see you later”. We are not moving that far away and will be back to visit. Plus, we are not too far away for people to come visit and we live really close to Kings Island and you are welcome to come visit. 🙂 Or if you are heading south on I-75 make sure you let us know, because we live right off of it and would love to have you stop by for a visit.
There are so many people that I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to for all that you have invested in my life, but I know I will forget someone so I won’t go into it. There are some who have invested in my life and never even realized it.
I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had to invest in the lives of teens while here in Michigan and look forward to being able to do the same thing in Ohio. So to all of you who have been in a youth group that I had the privilege of working with I do want to thank you for letting me invest in your life and for you investing in my life. I probably have learned as much or more from you then you have from me.