This month I’ve moved from being a regular attender at 1st Pres to a new role as Interim Church Administrator. Thanks for extending the opportunity to serve God and the church during this season in the history of the church.
Let me share a little of my background. I’ve been in Coeur d’Alene since 1993 and worked 22 years as the administrator at The Church of the Nazarene at 4th and Kathleen. During those years the congregation started a new congregation in Hayden called True North and started a summer day camp called Quest. Two major renovation programs were also accomplished during those years. I’ve always been interested in innovation and how the process works in churches. Keeping the centrality of gospel message while adjusting to changing culture and circumstances is the challenge for congregations. I’m a huge proponent of church and a committed follower of Christ.
My family is very important. My father was a pastor/missionary/teacher/counselor and just went home to his heavenly home in 2015 at age 99. My parents pastored a very new and struggling Church of the Nazarene in 1943-44 here in Coeur d’Alene at 11th and Pennsylvania. Dad served in the Army during WWII and then went off into missions work in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Nigeria. I was the last of 4 children and was born in LaPaz, Bolivia. In God’s providence my brother Ron pastored the Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene for 32 years and my parents spent their retirement years here active in Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Senior Center, and their church.
My wife Colleen teaches piano in her piano studio and at Gonzaga University. She is an active performer and collaborator with other musicians. Our son Scott is entering his senior year at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and our daughter Abby is entering her senior year of high school at Coeur d’Alene High.
Together let’s embrace a year of change as the remodeling project takes place and as the other Big Moves gather momentum. It is our opportunity to bless the community and wider world by doing things that honor God and expand the influence of His kingdom.