I have had the privilege of serving at Central Peninsula Church for just over 16 years as the Pastor of Student Ministries. I was first hired as the Jr. High Pastor and as our church grew, my role grew. As our church has continued to grow from one campus to three campuses up and down the San Francisco Peninsula, my role is about to change again.
I'm passionate about many things: one being students, another being an effective communicator. This year our elders shared with our staff several priorities that we as a church were going to focus on. One of those priorities was how we communicate as a church. This last year I've been brain storming with our executive pastor about communication and as he shared his vision on my white board, I made the comment that whoever is hired for this role needs to be someone who knows CPC. He agreed. A few days later, as I was thinking about our conversation, the Lord nudged my heart and said, "what about you?" At that moment in time, I felt totally blinded by God! I have never really thought about doing anything else outside of student ministry. In fact, I've always joked that I would be the 80 year old Jr. High Pastor whacking Jr. Higher's with my walker or cane.
A few weeks later, I met with our executive pastor again and we talked about me possibly becoming the Pastor of Communications. Funny thing, little did I know my name had been thrown around at and elder board meeting as well. As I moved forward with prayer, advise from trusted friends and more conversations with the elders, I really felt called to move into this role.
After serving in student ministries for over 30 years either in volunteer roles or paid positions, I'm excited for new challenges. I will always love students and I'm excited to see who God will bring to the Foster City Campus to lead our Jr. High Ministry. I think of all the students I've had the opportunity to serve through the years and am so honored that God let me be a part of their lives! If you know me well, you know I had to include a picture, so I thought I'd share the picture of my very first high school small group! I think this picture was taken in 1988 and I was all of 20 year old! I'm happy to say these ladies are still following Jesus and are moms of their own high school age, middle school age and elementary school aged kids.
One of the many things I love about CPC and our elders is they always ask us, "Are you called to CPC?" I'm thankful that I am still called to CPC! Even though I am stepping out of student ministries, I'm excited to continue serving at a church I absolutely love, with a team of people who are a joy to serve with, and an area of the country that needs to hear the Gospel desperately.