Challenged to Grow

By Gary Lindsay – Executive Pastor of Ministries

I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table telling my dad I was going to become a missionary. For years, I knew I was called to serve Jesus and the church. But what happened next surprised me. Dad looked at me, got up from the table, and said if I was going to make that life decision, I had five minutes to get out of his house. Otherwise, he didn’t want to speak about it again. I was twenty-three years old.

His reaction was particularly surprising, because, while growing up, my dad was the person in our family who brought us to church every week. He was highly committed to the church community, and at that time was an elder. My mom, on the other hand, never went to church. You can imagine how confusing it was that the parent who encouraged my faith would be the one to challenge me, especially since that faith deeply impacted my life.

He was highly committed to the church community, and at that time was an elder.

Later, I would look back on this event as a defining moment in my faith journey and life. It became the pivot point for me to move out of childhood and into adulthood. The moment when I realized that, although I was in my twenties, I needed to actually grow up.

I ended up joining a mission organization a month after I told my dad about my decision, and that journey has continued for twenty-eight years, to this day. Now it has brought me and my family here to Washington to serve as part of the Northshore family.

Now it has brought me and my family here to Washington...

My mom and dad were immigrants who worked long, hard hours to provide opportunities for their children. And the opportunities they wanted to pass on to me looked more like a steady job, a house with a picket fence, and family down the street … not becoming a missionary. But the Lord helped my dad see that I was headed in the right direction, and Dad eventually became my biggest supporter and cheerleader.

I am grateful for the challenge my dad made to my calling that night. It reminds me of why I answered the call to serve in ministry and has been part of my journey of growing up.

It reminds me of why I answered the call to serve in ministry...

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2 Comments
  • Dale Ford
    Posted at 16:44h, 03 January Reply

    We must have missed the introduction of Gary because we’ve never seen him in church. Is he the new pastor we were told about?

    • Northshore
      Posted at 11:31h, 08 January Reply

      Hi Dale! Yes, Gary is the new pastor we were told about a little while ago. We introduced Gary this past Sunday as our new Executive Pastor of Ministries. Pastor Gary officially joined our staff last week.

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