Senior Pastor Search

Remembering the Past While Looking to the Future

I’ve been reflecting a lot over the past year on the kindness of the Lord. Long before I knew Jesus, the Lord was at work building the church I’d one day call home. The Lord was at work calling Pastor Marty and Laurie to South Jersey, where they knocked on doors and invited strangers to attend a small church service in their house. The Lord was at work multiplying this small group of people and moving among them in amazing ways, making a way for Fellowship Alliance Chapel to eventually settle at 199 Church Road in Medford. The Lord continued to work, calling more and more people through the doors, and creating new opportunities for ministering to the surrounding community. In his kindness, the Lord saved a seat for me at FAC. I especially see his kindness in the way He created good works for me to do here, using the gifts He gave me to serve Him. I have such joy and excitement when I serve at FAC, often alongside my husband and sometimes with our children, too.

When we look back to the beginning of FAC, it is clear that the Lord has been kind, and sovereign, and miraculously at work in building this church we love. There is no question that Pastor Marty has been a good gift to us from the Lord (James 1:17). All of us have grown to love Pastor Marty, and it can be difficult to imagine FAC without him in the senior pastor role. In this season of transition, it has been important for me to remember that Pastor Marty did not build this church. Rather, Pastor Marty committed his work to the God who did. The same God who called Pastor Marty to South Jersey, and who called each of us through the doors of FAC, is now calling a new senior pastor to continue the work of building this church.

As your search team, our task is to serve you as we look for candidates to fulfill the role of the new senior pastor. You should know, though, that much more than we are looking for candidates, we are looking for the Lord. We are committed to prayerfully seeking the Lord’s will and direction. We’ve devoted a tremendous time toward prayer, committing our efforts to the Lord as we set about this task. We invite you to pray with us, as this work is mostly a labor of prayer.

In His kindness, the Lord is not leaving us to face this next chapter in our own strength. In His kindness, the Lord is continuing to build his church. In His kindness, the Lord is calling more people through the doors of FAC, perhaps people who don’t yet know Him. Perhaps your friend, your family member, or your neighbor. In His kindness, the Lord is still unfolding his plans to give the people of FAC a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

He is the God who is, who always was, and who is still to come (Revelation 1:8). Remembering the Lord’s kindness in the past as we look toward the future makes this an exciting time!

-Courtney Gager