I’m very happy to announce that God has opened a new chapter in my life and service to His church. I have accepted the call to be the Interim Pastor at Christ’s Church of The Valley in Bakersfield, CA. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked…
CCV—a church filled with terrific people—has had a few tough years and, for various reasons, its senior pastors haven’t lasted very long. As a result, its leaders determined they needed help—someone with lots of experience and a loving touch who would spend the months necessary to guide the church toward health. And God led them to me.
Amy and I think this is a great fit for me, and we feel that it may be the first of several such interim ministries in which I will serve in the years to come. We plan to keep our home base in Auburn, and go out from there to these new adventures, as the Lord opens the doors.
Plus, God has a sense of humor about this. When I first began praying about this, I said to God, “I’m willing to serve as an interim pastor if that is your will, and if the church happens to be in Monterey or Carmel, that would be okay with me.” So God, in his infinite wisdom and wit, seemed to reply, “That is my will for you, and I will send you first to an even better place—Bakersfield. You don’t know yet why it is better, but I will reveal that to you in the months ahead. Just go and love them one at a time. Treat them like Jesus would if he were their Interim Senior Pastor.”
So we are off on our next adventure. Please pray for us and for the church, and please let us know if you will be passing through our area. You can check out the church at http://ccvbak.com (and visit a Sunday service), and keep up with what I’m doing at https://www.rickstedman.com or by following me at https://www.facebook.com/Rick-Stedman-1872959066304203/. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With deep thankfulness for the blessings of the past and with great hopefulness for what God is about to do in our future,
We still love you and love being your friends,
Rick and Amy Stedman
PS: Stay tuned: our next big announcement (#2 of 3) I will post on Friday!