Last evening it was my extreme honor to be ordained into the Gospel Ministry at the church I currently serve, Second Baptist Church of Springfield, Missouri. I have served in ministry for many years now, however have never been officially ordained. Many of my friends already have. For me, it was not something I ever sought out, but felt it needed to seek me out. It has at Second Baptist, and I am proud that it happened here.
Our evening could not have been more special. As I stood on the stage, and looked out onto the crowd, it was a special sight. I realized that there were both Paul's and Timothy's in my life there. Several Paul's (older men that have poured into my life) were there, and it was amazing to see them all in the same room. At the same time, several Timothy's (men I am pouring my life into) were there. It was a special time, and I would guess that all of those men will never be in the same room again.
I am very thankful for many people. I am thankful for Dr. John Marshall, my pastor, who has cared for me and Leslie while we have been in Springfield so well, as a shepherd should. I'm thankful for his kind words, encouraging words, and sometimes straight forward words that I have needed to hear. I'm thankful for the rest of the pastors here at Second. It's an honor to serve here with you. I so thankful for my dear brother in faith, Jerrell Altic, who flew all the way from Houston to preach my ordination charge. And if any of you know Jerrell, it was not a soft charge. I'm so thankful for it. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else last night to preach that charge to me but you. I'm of course thankful for my family who was there and who have supported me my entire life. Most of all, I'm thankful for Leslie. She stole the show last night leading worship. I married so far above myself it's not even funny. She's a wonderful partner in life, and in ministry. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for her.
It was a humbling, Christ glorifying evening. I could not have asked for anything better. I'm a very grateful person today.
For the Glory of God.
Matthew is 34 years old and currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with his wife Leslie. He serves as the Associate Pastor at The Groves Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.