It was March 2007. Michelle and I had just moved to New Orleans with our first child, baby Natalie. We had just finished serving with CMF International and I had begun working part-time at Journey Christian Church, where I had been ordained. We even lived next to the pastor, Rick Grover and his family.
We incorporated Connect Missions and were beginning to start the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. I was working with some missionaries (to the United States) at another local church, helping them with their English. I was also teaching ESL and serving administratively with a third church which served immigrants.
A year later, we began working with Cru and The Impact Movement. We spent 5 years serving with some amazing leaders on multiple university campuses in and out of New Orleans. Some of my greatest memories in New Orleans come from serving with Cru and Impact. Thank you to both for the opportunity.
In 2013, Connect Missions went from being the fiscal agent of Crescent City Cafe to bringing the program under our nonprofit. I served as the director for 1.5 years, leading with some great leaders, bringing dignity to the marginalized of New Orleans. Now we are again the fiscal agent for the Cafe, and are preparing to launch it out as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit. I am serving as the Development Director.
We also spent a few years doing House Church. Thank you to Alan and Michelle Delery, Bob and Jeanine Kuhn and Erik and Emily Thien for doing life with us and for your leadership.
Our last few years in New Orleans we worshipped at Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ. This is an amazing church! They are making a difference in New Orleans, one life at a time. Thank you to our friends there for loving on us.
Now we are in Atlanta! Over the next 1-2 years we plan to…
1. Launch Crescent City Cafe as a nonprofit and full service cafe in New Orleans. 2. Grow our Online Ministry. 3. Expand our work with Unreached People Groups.
Thank you to Rick Harper for mentoring me and leading me into ministry. Naomi Kouns, thank you for your patience with me. You were too good to me. Pete Kelly, thank you for believing in me. I am leaving out professors from seminary because I’ll be doing a special post(s) for them later.
Also, thank you to the members of our Board of Directors over the years. Chris, Rick, Ron and Stu, your wisdom and support has meant the world to me.
Lastly, thank you to the many supporters who join us in ministry. We appreciate the sacrifices you make to give of your finances and time. We are grateful for your prayers and encouragement. Without you, none of this would happen. Thank you!