CLOSURE | For the better part of the last decade I have been the worship pastor at a small non-denominational church in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN. Yesterday I finished my assignment. As I compose this, my dear brother @micaiahjohn is finalizing the sale of the building where our church family gathered every Sunday over the last 15 years or so. I’ll spare your time and keep to myself the details of how we came to the place that selling the building was our best option. What is important for you to know is that we were a low income community, reaching low income families, with low income problems. And even when we thrived in every intrinsic measure, our ministry was mostly supported by a handful of faithful givers. The pastors and leaders who served did so mostly on a voluntary basis. Personally, I have not aspired to be a worship pastor for a long time. I simply want to sing songs with kids. And like each of us, I have a heart that was made for worship. Nevertheless, pastoring is a big part of who I am; and “who I am” would probably look very different if not for my little church family. The Fantastical-Filipino pastor who married @meesh.lee and I will always have a guiding roll in my life. And the ideals that were built into me during my time serving in this environment will always be with me. The community will continue to gather in homes and integrate throughout the city. Certainly, the best parts of who we have been will continue to resonate on the streets of Fort Wayne; and I’ll stay in the mix, hosting gatherings occasionally. But with that, the season of need for this pop-musician-kid-at-heart kind of church worship pastor is past. What is left for us is friendship. Jesus is good and he does all things well.
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🔥🔥SWIPE ALERT🔥🔥 Wow wow wow! Today I had the honor of officiating the wedding of my little bro @joeychapitochacon and his bride @mini_koop! Their eyes are full of hope and love when they look at each other, and I’m confident that they will remember their vows and keep them as long as they live! Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Alyssa & Joey Chacon
Before Next2U was Next2U, Next2U was Next To You. Home videos are the best
Writing and tracking Next2U with @landonbailey came so naturally!!! Did you know that we were sharing stages and studio time (at Wayne high school and at his house) when we were 17? That same year I met @meesh.lee and we’ll, the rest is history ( whatever that means 🤷🏽♂️). If you haven’t heard it yet, hit the @spotify link in my highlights ✊🏽✊🏽
Four was a trip 😅😅. Happy fifth birthday, Stetson Lee! There is a king inside of you; a fierce and loyal defender. You have a curiosity that puts you in the path of true things, always. When it comes to people, you have a suspicion that is keen, with a way of cutting through the crap that has caused our family to be better at saying just what we mean. Your big brown eyes are forever writing a novel for the world around you to read. Your smile is among the most pure and genuine things I’ve experienced in a person in my life. The way you love your mom and admire your brother is a new testament to me. I love you, Steady and I’m so proud of you.