I was raised by my grandparents on a 40 acre farm just outside of Monett. Growing up without a father, and in and out with my mom, I really relate to those of us not raised in traditional family structures. My church growing up was a small country Methodist church of about 50 people. At age 5, at a Baptist VBS, I (with complete immaturity of understanding) accepted an offer to go forward and “be saved”.
Graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and followed that with an MBA from Missouri State. A couple of weeks after graduation my Grandfather passed away, and with a great sense of responsibility, and no job, I moved back to Monett to provide in-home care for my grandmother, who was struggling with Parkinson’s disease. The next 2 years were predominantly spent with her in Monett, and it was during this time that my faith started to mature and I came into a relationship with Christ. This is when a decision began at 5, was fulfilled with mature understanding. God remembered me!
After my Grandmother passed away and searching for my way to grow in faith, a friend connected me to a group starting a new church in Springfield. Like many people I was searching for a place where God was alive, in motion, and relevant to me. This group would eventually establish a charismatic church, where my wife Susie and I were married. During this period I completed the cycle for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) classes (7 at the time), and also grew roots into my faith, and the faith community within Springfield.
We came to Fellowship because the culture was exactly what we were looking for. We knew a few people here so we arrived into “community”. Pat Shivers was here (BSF Teaching Lead), so there was assurance that solid truth and teaching were here. We just felt at home, we were supposed to be here, we stayed. Fellowship is my church, and I love my church!
Prayer for Fellowship
I pray for all of us to be in ministry with someone, and for Fellowship to be a point of involvement out to the world.
Come to Fellowship to make friends, be a part of our community, worship, and pray.
Come to share with others and be involved.
Come to be encouraged to engage our faith in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities …
Come be at home at Fellowship.
… All to the Glory of Christ.