Pastor’s Blog


Pastor Gary

Beginning June 1, we will be shifting some responsibilities around on the pastoral staff.

Minister of Recreation

First, Tom Grubbs will be transitioning from Interim Minister of Recreation and Student Ministries to Minister of Recreation, with some enhanced outreach and discipleship responsibilities. Tom has been doing a great job leading the CLC since his hire in February, 2019, and last December he stepped up to lead our youth ministries for a season. With that interim period coming to an end, I am making the recommendation that we add Tom to our pastoral staff in this role. This recommendation has been approved by the Personnel Committee and affirmed by our Deacons, and it will come before the church at our next business meeting.

Minister of Internationals and Senior Adults

Clay MasonSecond, Clay Mason will be transitioning from our Minister of College Students and Internationals to Minister of Internationals and Senior Adults, a part-time position of approximately 25-30 hours a week. Clay has done a great job leading our college ministry and serving in the International ministry over the last three years, and I look forward to him continuing to bless our church in these areas. We approved and budgeted for this position as a church last fall, but are now able to make this transition.

Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

The reason we are able to make this transition now is that Josh Hall, our current Associate Pastor of Discipleship, will be transitioning to a new role as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, leading both our youth and college ministries in a full-time capacity. Josh has a long history in our church and has worked closely with our students and their parents for many years. We’re both excited about the future of these ministries and look forward to seeing how God is going to work in the lives of our teens and our college students in the coming years.

Associate Pastor of Family and Discipleship Ministries

With Josh transitioning to his new role, Jacob Chilton, our current Associate Pastor of Family and Children’s Ministry, will no longer be supervising our youth and college ministries (although he will continue leading our children’s ministry as he has been). Instead, his role in leading our discipleship ministries for families will be broadened out to leading our discipleship ministries in general. In light of this, his new title will be Associate Pastor of Family and Discipleship Ministries.

While this will mean some changes in who is leading what ministry, all four of these men are familiar faces who will continue to do excellent work in helping us a church to find and follow Jesus. With the uncertainty of what exactly life and ministry might look like in the near future, I chose to consider who we currently had on staff for our open ministry roles in youth and college ministry instead of bringing in someone new, and this led to the other changes. I am very thankful for each member of our pastoral staff, who have all worked hard to be flexible in the midst of our current circumstances. I am also thankful for the enthusiasm of each of the four mentioned above in embracing these new roles and the changes they entail for their personal ministries.

Please join me in praying for God to bless these transitions and these respective ministries in our church.