Union Center Christian Church

Vestal, New York - United States

Denomination: Baptist
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Phone: 607-748-6547
Email: Contact Us
Union Center Christian Church
• 15 years senior pastor experience, effective relevant biblical preacher, in churches that have grown spiritually and numerically and added staff; • spiritual gifts of “pastor/shepherd,” leadership, especially effective at recruiting people for service, equipping for ministry and managing church and staff; effective team builder and participant; • have supervised teams of 3 – 40 in the church and in the marketplace; • gregarious and compassionate person with good relational skills, experience and training in pastoral counseling, especially effective at family counseling: • excellent ability to plan, organize, initiate, implement, solve problems, resolve conflicts and develop new programs and strategies. By the power of the Spirit I seek that every thing I do in life and ministry is a proclamation of the gospel (Romans 15:15 &16). That is to say that there is a truth content that is incipient to all we do. It is the message that brings salvation, but it is also the message that transforms the life. We need not carry a Bible and declare Bible verses in every situation, but our world-view is so permeated by the scriptures that they are reflected in all we do. For me the message is the important thing being proclaimed. I am absolutely committed to using contemporary media and culturally relevant venues for the proclamation, but the message must take priority over the method. Truth content must never be sacrificed for audience appeal. Although we should seek to overcome caricatures, misconceptions, and prejudices people have against the gospel, we also need to be willing to present the true message even those parts that may go contrary to contemporary opinion. While preaching a message of grace, forbearance and deliverance, we must never forget to talk about sin, and holiness. By the power of the Spirit I seek to minister in the energy of prayer. Prayer is the mode of communication that God uses to integrate the purposes of his kingdom with human endeavors. It is more than just talking with God. Prayer brings the spiritual dimensions into integration with the human. Only through prayer does “his kingdom” gain authority in human situation, and is “his will” done. Prayer has been an emphasis in every church I have served. We have an annual day of prayer, confession and fasting. Prayer is an important part of all our meetings. Live are transformed and families made healthy as we participate in personal discipling relationship. The life of a disciple is a vital passionate, joyous relationship with God and others. My model for a discipled life is Psalm 131: Ps 131 My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. NIV A nursing child loves her mother, but the relationship is one of dependence. A weaned child, sees himself in perspective, as the child, but does not come to God to get what he can get. They love each other just to love each other. In the church this kind of relationship also becomes characteristic of our human relationships as well (1 John 1:3), and especially of the family (Ps 127). It is as we communicate, connect and confront one another that the proclaimed message empowered by prayer changes us. Disciples of Christ intentionally form for the purpose of growth and accountability. I believe in an environment that nurtures a variety of groups of various sizes in which people engage in transparent life transforming relationships. Lastly, Christian ministry is characterized by Spirit-lead patience. I find God often calls me to wait on him for results. We do not push people, control or manipulate. We proclaim the gospel, pray for result, engage in discipling relationships and wait on God for the results.