What a journey pastoral life has been! From the East Coast to the West Coast, God charted a course (more like an adventure) for our family that eventually brought us to Paducah and the historic First Baptist Church (Acts 17:26). I’m grateful to the Lord for a wife who has cheered me on at every juncture. And I’m so excited to begin this new ministry chapter with FBC that I can barely contain myself. (This is my first morning in the office, officially.)
From our years on Chicago’s North Shore, I never imagined that God would move us back to Kentucky, a place I have loved since my childhood. Joshua has considered himself a Kentuckian his entire life, but in November 2010 three generations of the women in my family felt compelled to test Brooklyn-born Eileen’s adopted Kentucky loyalties. You’ve seen the Old El Paso ad: “New York City?” But as you can observe from the first photo, she passed the test with flying colors. (Don’t worry, U of L fans, we’ll love you too!)
Just as this is a time of transition for our family, it’s a time of transition for you too. You may be wondering why the pastor search committee didn’t present a candidate who looked like Pierce Brosnan. Or maybe you don’t trust anybody born in Texas. Perhaps you’re worried that I’ll preach for 90 minutes, and then decide to introduce my second point.
Whatever thoughts you may be having right now, I urge you not to miss the wonder of what God is doing in, among, and through us! “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19). Beloved flock, the Lord has it all worked out –and He knows exactly what He’s doing. And what we need. God is great, and God is good.
And so the Moore’s have exchanged regular vistas of the Pacific Ocean for regular vistas of the Ohio River (Eileen snapped the second photo). We couldn’t be happier. Not because we don’t love and miss our SoCal church family — for we surely do, every day — but because this is the Lord’s new assignment for us. And we wouldn’t miss it for the world. We already love you!
I feel it in my bones: you and I are about to experience an undeserved but Spirit-given season of marvelous outreach for our Lord Jesus Christ from the FBCP epicenter.
The sun shines bright on my old (and new) Kentucky home.