I believe we joined Ferris Avenue Baptist Church in 1987.
I served on the pastor search committee and God led us to David Brown.
I was ordained a deacon at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church on May 5, 1991.
I served on the building team when we built the new sanctuary in 2000.
I have served on the building and grounds, budget committee andpersonnel committee (three terms). Also served as chairman of thedeacons (twice).
I have served as chairman of the Deacon screening committee forever
Was asked to recruit and head up first impressions (greeters) underthe leadership of Jason Bankhead.
I am presently a member of the leadership team, serve as an usher at the 9:15service and an active member of the Deacon ministry.
I volunteered and served as a Fire Commissioner with Ellis CountyEmergency Service District #6 from 1999 through 2009.
Why serving matters to me? I've never really thought about it untilthis moment. Sometimes we do things (serve) because, as Christiansaren't we supposed to serve our fellow man? Growing up inWest Virginia, I witnessed my neighbors always helping each other withdifferent projects. My father was always there lending a hand. Myfather was always helping others. I guess that made an impression onme. My father was a Catholic and loved the Lord. He had a servant'sheart, never wanting anything in return. I'm sure he never realizedwhat a witness he was to his young son. Praise God that my son (John Paul)and my daughter Laura Beth is taking after their Grandfather.
“My passion for serving is something that I learned years ago from one of the greatest servants that I’ve known, Lewis King (my grandpa). He was always willing to help anyone at anytime no matter the situation. I still have a long way to go, but I strive to be known as that person.”
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10
Nathan has been a member at the Avenue Church for 14 years, serving the entire time as a vocalist and instrumentalist on the worship team. He has served on the pastoral leadership advisory team since its inception, and was ordained as a deacon 12 years ago, serving a term as vice chairman and interim chairman. Nathan has served twice on the finance team, and led a team determining finance options for new buildings. For the last 4 years Nathan and Patti have hosted and led a youth ministry life group, and have had various leadership roles with adult life groups through the years. Patti and Nathan have also coordinated annual Be the Church projects at Hope Clinic, where Patti served in the past as a physician volunteer and led as a member of the Hope Clinic board.
Nathan has been following Christ since the age of 14, and while never called into full time ministry has always felt a strong calling to serve the local church. He believes in serving "wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men", and tries to always view his role in the church as servant first, leader second. Nathan is passionate about the vision of the Avenue to reach and disciple the unchurched and de-churched of Ellis county, feels blessed to have been a small part of what God has done through the Avenue for the last 14 years, and is excited for the future to see what all God has planned.
We've been members of the Avenue church since 2000. I've enjoyed serving in a number of roles in the church including Deacon Ministry, Stewardship Team, Personnel Team, Bylaws Team, VIP Team and a few others.
I also enjoy being involved in the community. I've recently started serving as a Board Member at the YMCA. I'm a member of the Waxahachie Lions Club and the Waxahachie Running Club. Through these two organizations I serve as the race director for the Hachie 50 Mile Ultra Race. I also serve on the WISD Long Range Planning Committee and I previously served for six years in the Waxahachie Ex-Students Association.
My family and I love to serve the church because we desire to see others come to a saving knowledge of who Jesus Christ is. We want to serve because we're commanded to do so and it's our way of giving back in response to how much he gave us by dying on the cross for us. Simply put, I serve and love Jesus because he first served and loved me and gave his life as a ransom for my sin.