Brian, thank you for all of the things you do but most of all, thank you for being my pastor and guiding me in the ways of God. I love you more than Godiva chocolate, more than a good night's sleep, more than ice cream, more than homemade ginger sauce and chicken, more than...................anything.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
A Public Thank You To My Pastor
Looking over the sea with Blake
Being a sweet daddy
Dedicating an infant to God
Visiting a sick child in hospital
Today is one that is usually full of pranks and jokes as people take advantage of "April Fool's Day," but I want to leave the silly fun behind and offer a serious thanks to my husband; my pastor. This day, is the 15th Pastoral Anniversary for Brian as senior pastor of Apostolic Gospel Church of Delano. It was 27 years ago (February 1982), when Brian joined the staff as pastor's assistant. Brian gave unselfishly as a servant to this church. It was April 1, 1994, when Brian assumed the position of senior pastor. The path has not always been easy and there have been many challenges. Regardless, Brian has faithfully brought The Word to growing saints, tutored children struggling in school, prayed for the sick to recover, officiated many weddings, occasionally sings, given to the poor, counseled wounded hearts, established a kid-friendly office, and performed funerals of loved ones gone. In addition, he serves as a chaplain for the Kern County Sheriff, substitute teaches for the public elementary schools, and serves the Western District of the UPC in any needed capacity. Now, I am sure you are wondering when he takes time to breathe and I still need to tell you more. He is a fantastic dad to Bryce, Blake, and Bryn. Whether discussing university studies with Bryce, helping Blake with geometry, drilling Bryn in spelling or taking time to play games, he is always there for his kids. This September, Brian and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage and I feel he loves me with the same passion and spark of the first kiss. I know I am a spoiled woman and very lucky in love. Brian is my husband, best friend, confidant, and the love of my life. My bragging could continue for many pages but I must conclude with a heart felt thank you to Brian for being my pastor.