I am a bivocational pastor. I have worked for the city of Monroe for more than 15 years and did youth ministry for well over a decade. When our pastor at Lakota Hills Baptist asked me to pray about starting a multi-housing ministry, my wife and I had already been praying about leaving the youth ministry. After praying specifically about this opportunity, we agreed that God was leading us to this ministry. We believed God called us to inner city missions years ago, but never realized that there was an “inner city” environment in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati.
We began the NAMB process in 2013. I started as a Church Planter Intern, and in 2014 I became a Church Planter Apprentice. I am now a Lead Church Planter. We are excited to see how things have progressed thus far and are looking forward to seeing how God is going to move in the years to come.
I worked at PNC Bank at the time of Allen’s call into the multi-housing ministry. I felt God leading me to quit the bank and invest more time in the ministry. I dragged my feet because I wasn’t sure if we could afford to live on one income. I know God is faithful to provide for our needs, but I wasn’t trusting Him completely.
We worked in the ministry for over a year building a contact list. One day while driving through one of our multi-housing properties, I accidentally hit delete on my iPhone and lost that list. I was devastated! I told God right then that He had my attention.
The next day, I gave my two-week notice at PNC. God is so faithful; within a month we had a more thorough list and began a small group Bible study at that location. Since I quit my job I have been able to help care for my aging parents, spend more time with my grandchildren, and most importantly, I have more time to help Allen with some administrative details as well as minister to some of the ladies in the multi-housing community.