The last time I wrote here on the blog, I reported to you about our upcoming transition from Pasadena to the “East Coast.” I am happy to report that we have fully made our transition to our new home in Pensacola, FL.
Our family is in our own home, the kids are doing well in school, and I have fully entered into my new role serving as the Executive to Pastor Buford Lipscomb. We are all doing great!
Pastor Buford is the Senior Pastor of Liberty Church, which is one church with five campuses spread throughout the panhandle of Florida and Alabama. Each campus is led by its own Pastor and has its own team. The churches are all growing and expanding their reach and influence.
Pastor Buford is also the leader of Liberty Network and Liberty Network International, both networks of related ministries and global missionaries.
My role focuses on the global aspect of the ministry, as well as the strategic direction of the local churches, as they continue to build out a missional paradigm that includes both a local and a global focus. In reality, I am available to do anything and everything that is needed to carry out Pastor’s vision.
For over 50 years Liberty church has been supporting and sending missionaries all over the world. In partnership with Globe International, and other collaborative partners, Liberty continues to be a strong model of what it looks like for a local church to keep a faithful commitment to supporting the spread of the Gospel globally.
If you’ve seen the homepage of this web site, you would have seen that my emphasis in missions has been in the realms of mobilization, communications, and strategy. If you have followed me for any length of time, you know my passion and emphasis on unreached peoples as well.
None of this has changed in my new role.
In addition this these areas, I am learning about the other side of global missions from the pastoral and support side. I am also exploring and supporting what it looks like to see our local communities live on mission with God, whether they specifically have a calling to “vocational ministry” or not.
I feel that this new assignment will teach me a lot and help me to become a more well rounded leader.
And my work has already proved to be exciting! My week can range from interacting with missionaries serving around the world, meeting with local leaders, writing new policies and procedures to help our growing churches, planning upcoming conferences, and creating new channels of communication to share what God is doing through our networks. I also continue to teach the Perspectives course and travel as I have opportunity.
Pastor Buford has been a part of my life since I began to follow Jesus back in 1996. At that time I was a young Navy Corpsman stationed in Pensacola. Pastor helped me walk through my transition to Japan and supported me when I returned started my first ministry to the military here in Pensacola.
He counseled and married Jacqueline and I in 2001 and released us to North Carolina to pursue our life and ministry together. He encouraged us when we connected with Liberty supported missionaries, Bill and Julie Hughes in Thailand. And cheered us on when we moved to Pasadena to work at the U.S. Center for World Mission.
Returning nearly 20 years later to serve the ministry that helped to make us who we are today has been a natural transition in our unfolding story.
In the coming days, I look forward to writing more here on the blog.
Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us!