James and Cristie’s Farewell

After much prayer and consultation, we have discerned God’s call to conclude our ministry at CHP. Our final day is September 10. Join us for worship at 9:45am followed by a pot luck party in the fellowship hall.

It’s been a crazy, wonderful, challenging, fruitful 11 1/2 years. Highlights include our long relationship with Tanzania through World Vision, a deep practice of prayer, with seasons of 40 days of 24/7 prayer in the church. We have dug deeper into the person and work of the Holy Spirit, learning how to hear directly from God, witnessing miracles of healing and deliverance. We have reached out to the International students next door through Coffee Talk. We have employed the arts through music, children’s programs, innovative and interactive worship, and ten full-scale theatrical productions. Our men and youth have built many homes in Tijuana. We have developed a close relationship with Union Gospel Mission, welcoming and including into membership many of the men in recovery. Our church has hosted monthly outreaches into the neighborhood for the past 4 ½ years. We have had three of our members ordained as Ministers of Word and Sacrament. We have had many weddings, baptisms of children and baptisms of adults. You also supported my earning a Doctor of Ministry.

What’s next. We plan to stay in Seattle. Cristie will produce “Alice in Wonderland. The Adventure.” I believe that I am to use the lessons learned at CHP to minister to the wider church, teaching healing and deliverance prayer, mentoring a new generation of apostles, assisting Cristie in starting “Ever After” theatre, developing Dunamis in the NW, traveling around the country with Time to Revive, perhaps teaching in Seminaries.

They say that congregations shape pastors just as much as pastors shape congregations. This has been my experience here. Because of my time in your midst, I am not only a better pastor, I am a better friend, a better husband, a better father, a better follower of Christ. Thank you for consistent love and devotion to me, to Cristie, and to our four boys. I leave here forever grateful to God because of you all.

God is good, all the time,

 Pastor James (and Cristie)