SBTC Ordinands: Chris
"I heard the gospel on the third evening and my life was turned the right way up. My eyes were opened, my heart overwhelmed."
How did you become a Christian?
I became a Christian in 2001 after been talked into going to a Christian festival called Soul Survivor. When I first arrived I thought the people there had lost the plot and needed to get a grip of themselves and reality. However, I heard the gospel on the third evening and my life was turned the right way up. My eyes were opened, my heart overwhelmed and my mind confused of what was going on! I couldn't believe that God would love someone like me. I gave my life to Jesus that evening and I have never looked back since.
"Most of all I'm excited about developing my relationship with God as the Spirit aligns my heart with the Father's through Christ's redeeming work."
What have you done since and what are you doing next?
I've been working here at St George's for over 7 years now serving in a variety of roles. My current role is 'Worship and Creative Communications Pastor'; I oversee the musical worship teams, lead musical worship, develop worship leaders, work on the senior leadership team for the church, line manage 3 staff, serve pastorally, administratively, manage gospel events like Contemporary Carols and do graphic design for a wide range of Church resources. For the next 3 years I will be training to be a vicar.
What are you most looking forward to?
Growing! I'm hungry to learn and apply the Bible faithfully, to grasp the landscape of Church history; building the future by understanding of the past. I'm blessed to be able to continue serving 2.5 days a week at St George's as part of an amazing team at an amazing church. Most of all I'm excited about developing my relationship with God as the Spirit aligns my heart with the Father's through Christ's redeeming work.
What are your expectations?
I believe that I will grow in maturity as a follower of Christ enabling me to be more effective in loving and serving others.
What will you be doing at StG's?
My role will change considerably with my first priority being an 'ordinand' and St George's becoming a part time placement. I will be passing on the communications role, dropping some admin, taking a backwards step on the gospel events and taking on more of an overseeing and training role for the worship ministry whilst concentrating on the 1830 service for study and ministry application.
"I'm so excited about what this centre could mean for the advancement of God's Kingdom in the North"
What can StG’s pray for you at the moment?
Please pray for me and my family as we move house, as I transition roles and as we fulfil one of our dreams of being able to do ministry together. Pray for the St Barnabas theological centre leaders and students as it launches; I'm so excited about what this centre could mean for the advancement of God's Kingdom in the North. Pray that I keep my eyes on Jesus, that I learn more of what it means to fully surrender to His will and that I flourish as I seek to love, serve, reach, release and disciple others.
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