I work with a great pastor on the team here at South Hills. I know there is a difference between good pastors and great pastors; so I want to make that distinction upfront that I am aware of the language of I am using in this post.
I didn't always think he was a great pastor and I'm sure he had similar feelings for me but in the last six months I have come to realize that I work with a great pastor. He is talented. He is passionate about what he does. He is willing to take risks. He steps out in faith because he wants to see God work. He is a learner; and leaders are learners. He cares about the teams that he works with. He encourages our church to be a better place. And most of all I think he has the hardest job here on staff; he works with middle school students.
Hume SD and I heard some great things about the ministry that he was doing down there with the team of leaders he brought and the students that he ministers to.
While Chase was gone I had a youth pastor buddy there tell me something to effect of:
"You have a great team here"
Another friend at the camp texted me and said:
"Chase is a really good youth pastor"
To which I joking replied:
"Did he steal your phone and say that?"
Thank you for loving Jesus, loving your wife, caring about the local church and all you do here! Thanks too for being uncle Chase to my daughter.