CHBC Pastors... Thank you.
"17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The worker deserves his wages." 1 Timothy 5:17-18
On Saturday July 5th 2014 I sat in a room with four men that were about to inherit a first time Senior Pastor. It was an hour and a half of laughs, concerns, questions, and thoughts. At the end of our meeting I walked away encouraged by four things:
1. Each man loved Jesus.
2. Each man loved his family.
3. Each man loved Cherokee Hills Baptist Church.
4. Each man exuded integrity.
As I sit in my office on October 6th 2015 pondering Pastor Appreciation Month, I am overwhelmed with joy, pride, love, and excitement as I reflect on my first year of serving with Mark Stapp, Dustin Loehrs, Brian Meister, and Lee Roland. It is a rare and powerful blessing to serve with an entire staff of men who love God, serve one another, protect one another, cheer for one another, pray for one another, chase after the same vision, equally love the same flock, and just do life together. I can't believe I get to be their pastor.
Mark Stapp: "Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger." -Job 17:9
Mark is a pillar in our church. He is wise, kind, the ultimate servant, a great teacher, a wonderful husband and father, and a man of God. I have learned so much about ministry this last year by watching Mark serve and love our church. His heart for people and missional life focus is fun to watch
Dustin Loehrs: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of The Lord Jesus..." -Col. 3:17
Dustin is zealous for the work of The Lord. His passion in leading God's people is contagious and powerful. Not just in worship, but in many unseen roles within our church body. As a planner and organizer, he is the perfect fit for a visionary/dreamer pastor. He is a wonderful husband and father, and a man of God.
Brian Meister: " Do not merely listen to The Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."-James 1:22"
Loves God. Loves people. Brian loves being on the battlefield with our students. It is incredible to watch how God uses him in the lives of teenagers and his adult workers. Brian is a wonderful husband and a man of God. He is unselfish and the ultimate team player.
Lee Roland: "What shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31
Lee is one of the strongest natural leaders that I have ever met. His charisma and passion are contagious. God uses him to move and motivate people. It is amazing to see how God uses him as a principle at Tulakes Elementary School and as our Children's Pastor. Lee is a wonderful husband and father, and a man of God.
I love serving with these men and we are fortunate to have them as Shepherds at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church. Thank you Mark, Dustin, Brian, and Lee for all that you do for The Kingdom of God, for our church, and for me. You are an incredible blessing.
Much Jesus Love,