Dear family and friends,
It’s been two years since our family moved up to Chicago so I could attend seminary at TEDS (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). I’d love to give you a general update on some of what God has done and is doing in our life with regards to ministry. If you’re looking for an update on our family you can click here!
"How's seminary going?" In short, TEDS has been fantastic. The students I’ve met, the leaders from around the globe, the world-class faculty, the outstanding education... I can’t say enough about how privileged I feel to attend this institution. It’s not a perfect seminary, but it is a great one. My time at TEDS has helped to dispel the notion that seminary is a cemetery for people in ministry. In fact, some of the sharpest, strongest, most devoted leaders and pastors I’ve come across in my life I have met at TEDS or because of TEDS. Here I have found friendships, mentorship, opportunities, and outstanding biblical and theological education. Outside of the incredible courses, being a part of the Mosaic Ministries Cohort on campus (where we get to reflect, learn, and discuss some of the most difficult topics in regards to racial reconciliation) has been a transformative experience. I am also very grateful to work as a graduate assistant for Dr. Jared E. Alcántara. Cassie and I praise God for the following highlights from this year (both past and upcoming):
- I was honored with the “Arley L. Bragg Pastoral Award” at the end of this year. This award is given to a student that models the pastoral gifts from the late Pastor Arley L. Bragg. The late Reverend was known for his powerful, biblical preaching, warm pastoral personality and as one who took a personal interest in and had concern for others, whether parishioners or students.
- I get to coordinate an evangelistic event with Luis Palau and the EFCA denomination for Hispanic churches in the area. The event will take place in October at the Trinity campus. We are praying that God may use this moment to bring many people to come to know Jesus! Carlos will also get to lead worship at the event.
"What about Church ministry?" I have the joy of preaching and leading worship at Heritage Church in Lake Zurich. I am deeply grateful for the relationships and the love our family has experienced through Heritage. Both our previous and current Senior pastor, the staff, and congregation have cared for our family and encouraged us to flourish as a family, and to cherish this season of full-time studies. When Cassie and I reflect on how the Lord led us to Heritage (which at the time was Harvest Bible Chapel Lake Zurich), we can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Though ministry at Heritage is my priority, I also have the privilege to preach and lead worship in different churches and conferences. THANK YOU JESUS! For instance, I was invited to speak at the Legacy Conference in Chicago this upcoming July and I am thrilled to deliver one of the workshops. Would you please pray for me as I prepare for the conference, and as I minister both at our home church and other places?
I am at the halfway point of seminary. Thank you for your prayers and for loving our family during this season. Cassie and I miss you. If you’d like to keep us in your prayers (which is something we long for), I wrote a small list of prayer requests at the bottom of this post.
For greater closeness and intimacy with the Lord. Most of all, Cassie and I just want to be Christians who are close to Jesus and authentically live out our faith.
For wisdom as parents, and for our daughters to come to know Jesus.
For strength and focus as I embark on the remaining half of seminary education. I desire to take it all in. I want to do my best while also being faithful to my responsibilities as a husband, dad, and pastor.
For God to continue to provide for our family financially as we finish these last two years of seminary.
For God to use me and guide me as I minister at Heritage Church and other places.