Honoring My PastorsPosted: October 28, 2010
Good grief, where did October go?! October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so I want to take a few minutes to publicly honor 3 pastors who have made a profound impact on my life. I could name many more than 3, but these are the 3 that I consider to be “my pastors.”
Robert Winburn :: Before he was my father in-law, he was my pastor and my “father” in the ministry. “Pops” shepherded me through my call to ministry, preaching my first sermon, deciding on college, deciding on seminary, and countless other seasons of decision and transition. To this day, when I have a pastoral care question, he is my first phone call because he’s the best I have ever seen at caring for people. I honor you, Pops.
Ernest Carswell :: Dr. Carswell was the first pastor I had the privilege of serving under. He gave me a chance to lead and serve on staff at Taylors First Baptist when I was in college. He made himself available to me, took me with him on ministry visits, included me in meetings I had no business being included in, and regularly communicated his trust in me to lead the student ministry. I honor you, Dr. Carswell.
Steve Corts :: A few years ago, I was solidly convinced that I would never be a Lead Pastor. Within the first month of serving under him, Dr. Corts had cast a vision for my life that radically altered the direction of my life. He gave me Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels and we met weekly for months to discuss the book and for Dr. Corts to teach me how to lead well. My life and ministry have been forever impacted by Dr. Corts’ visionary investment in my life. I honor you, Dr. Corts.
These are great men of God whom I love and respect dearly. I am forever grateful for their investment in my life and ministry. I hope and pray that I will do for others what they have done for me.