Allow me to introduce you to West Bradenton Baptist Church.
This is actually the church where Nate spent his high school years. The church has a long and rich history. Over the past few years we have watched from a distance as God started doing something new here. Over a year ago we connected with Allen James, the pastor, because we wanted to hear about what God was doing. We saw right away that Allen’s heart was to reach people and to help the church become gospel-centered. So much of what He said resonated with us and matched what God was doing in our own hearts. We liked him, but had no idea what God was going to do!
So here we are! For the past several years the children’s ministry has been run by a team of volunteers who have done such a great job. But their words were, “we have been hanging onto the life raft but we haven’t been able to kick back to the boat.” They are excited for us to work together to determine a vision and a plan and to see what God has in store for families in West Bradenton!
Two years ago West Bradenton started a second campus in Parrish, a community about 25 minutes away. North River Church has seen God do such neat things as it has grown quickly, with lots of young families, lots of kids, and lots of people coming to Christ.
The two campuses are very different and I’m spending a lot of time right now trying to determine the needs of each, as well as how I can best serve each. It’s going to be a fun adventure.
Both campuses have incredible leaders and volunteers who have invested so much. They have been so gracious and welcoming to us. It is an honor to partner with them and to call them friends already! Please pray for us as we seek God’s direction and as we seek to reach families with the gospel!