Thursday, June 17, 2010


The past 6 months we have been in prayer for God's direction in our lives. We have been specifically asking that He lead us to a ministry position that would use our experience, gifting, and the ability to make huge impacts for the kingdom. In our plans, we had envisioned serving with an established, thriving, passionate church. It is funny how often our plans and His do not match. But we have learned His plans are better for us.

Several weeks ago, we were contacted and asked that we consider a wild and crazy idea, and join a team that is looking to plant a relevant Church that seeks to impact the community around them for the kingdom. We said that we would pray about it.

Through a week in Harrisburg, personality tests, spiritual gift analysis, preaching a seven minute message with only ten minutes to prepare, hours of questioning and a church planters boot camp - WE ACCEPTED AN INVITATION TO SERVE AS PART OF CHURCH PLANTING TEAM in Harrisburg, PA.

The name of the church is Exponential ( I would encourage you to go to the website to learn more about what we will be developing. Gilbert Thurston ( will be the lead pastor. I will be coming along side of him to help individuals live on mission as they grow and serve in the community and around the world. We are excited to partner with him as we make kingdom advancement in the Harrisburg area.

Over the next weeks as we prepare to go, we will be seeking several things...

* Prayer partners (those willing to uphold us in prayer as we begin this new chapter in our life)
* Financial Partners (we are in need of moving expenses ($3,000-$5,000) as well as support for the new church plant)
* Families to relocate and join us in developing a thriving ministry reaching those who are far from God

I would love to talk with you about ways that you could assist us as we strive to follow God's plan for our life. If you would be willing to pray, help financially, or interested in moving with us, contact me at

We look forward to hearing from you. We will be posting on this blog to keep you up to date on the Chute happenings.


  1. How exciting!! We are so incredibly happy for all of you. I have been praying for God's direction for so long and I will continue to lift you up to Him. He is good all the time.

  2. Happy for you guys! Welcome to PA. - Eric Koehler

  3. God's plan is revealed!! How exciting and you know that we will be supporting you in prayer. How awesome!! Blessings...Jon and Trisha

  4. So excited for you guys! Now we have 2 excuses to go Harrisburg. Preacher and Janie are moving there with ABWE! Love you....

  5. Looking forward to you converting to being Eagles fans - that will drive Gilbert crazy too!

    Chuck Frank
    ERC Church Planting Director