On December 3rd, I accepted the call to serve as Lead Pastor for Mayfair Bible Church of Flushing, Michigan. Our hearts are overwhelmed with praise to God. Below is a short video we produced and letter I’ve written to the wonderful flock at Mayfair.
Dear Mayfair Bible Church,
My family and I are so thrilled and grateful for the privilege of joining the Mayfair family. I praise God for you and for the clear call to serve as your lead under-shepherd, as we follow the Chief Shepherd together. God’s providential direction was so evident to us throughout the process of interviewing and candidating and I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God has led us to where we are today. Thank you for persistently praying in faith for God’s will to be done.
Your generosity and thoughtfulness amazes us! We were overwhelmed with joy by the eager crowd of new friends who helped us move our belongings into our new home, which God amazingly provided for us. And, again, tears of happiness filled our eyes as we received the “shower” of gift cards, greetings, flowers, cookies, and so many other beautiful Christmas gifts. From our family to yours: thank you.
We excitedly look forward to serving alongside you in the mission of the Gospel. Our hearts are filled with anticipation for what we’ll see God do among us and in our community to the praise of His glory.
My central aim as your pastor will be to boldly preach God’s Word and graciously love God’s people. I look forward to leading the flock toward the healing balm of God’s grace and guiding you on God’s mission.
As we step forward together, here are the five primary ministry functions I desire to keep in view as a pastor:
- Pray that God will guide us toward becoming more like Jesus Christ.
- Preach the Word with accuracy, grace, and authority through the power of the Spirit, so that lives are changed for God’s glory.
- Lead in love by building personal relationships with individuals, ministry teams, and families, so to care for the flock with humility and courage.
- Reach out to the broken, hurting, and spiritually lost in our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and influence MBC to do the same.
- Learn by listening to your stories and the story of Mayfair Bible Church’s past history of Gospel ministry.
I want you to know that I do not take the call of God lightly or tritely. Serving as an under-shepherd under the Great Shepherd of the sheep is a serious and crucial responsibility (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-8; Titus 1:1-9; Hebrews 13:17-18). For this reason, I ask that you continue to uphold me – and the rest of Mayfair Bible Church – in your prayers. Someone once wisely quipped, “A family that prays together, stays together.” And undoubtedly, the local church is a family. So let’s devote ourselves to prayer for one another and for those without Christ in our community. May God’s grace and truth be displayed in all we do!
Love in Christ,
Mayfair Bible Church | 5339 W. Pierson Rd. Flushing, MI 48433 | (810) 733-7130