Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bustin' My Buttons

I'm proud of my husband and want to take this opportunity to say so! He's been a licensed minister in our denomination for 33 years, but soon he will be ordained. As a matter of fact, today he is being interviewed by the credentialing committee in preparation for the May ceremony.

He's a down-home country boy who felt God's call on his life when he was still a teenager. As a young person, he preached in his church and youth group. During church services, he played the piano and sang like Jimmy Swaggert.Even his first job out of high school was as a summer chaplain at a state park near his home.

We met and married at Bible College with high hopes and noble dreams of serving the Lord in ministry.He was granted ministry credentials while in Memphis Tn, with less than 2 years of formal Bible training and entered his first pastorate at the ripe old age of 21.

Some would not consider him "good enough" because he lacks a seminary degree, but over the years in ministry, he has studied hard on his own. If he were to earn college credits for his life experience and self study, he'd have his master's degree or better. He's an accomplished speaker and a good administrator. He still plays the piano like Jimmy Swaggert - some things never change...

I've waited (and sometimes nagged to no avail) to see him take the step toward ordination for years. But he always said he didn't need it because the only difference between being licensed and ordained was that an ordained minister could hold positions of leadership in the
denomination's hierarchy. Being a plain old country boy, he just wasn't interested.

But God does all things well. He knows how to prod my DH when I can't. With all the things happening in our lives, this is an important step - one God knew he needed to take. It will be exciting to see what God has in store for us and how He accomplishes it all, but today I'm just thanking Him for all that He's doing in our lives.

Congratulations Dan! I'm so proud of you!

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