I’ve always valued StoneBridge’s mission statement to reach the lost, make disciples and send them out. It’s the last part of our mission statement, send them out, that has changed my life. After careful consideration and prayer, I have taken a position to serve as the chaplain at Saint Andrews University in North Carolina. I go knowing StoneBridge is dedicated to raising disciples who are sent out to follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads them. I go, not only as a follower of Christ, but as a representative of StoneBridge.
My connection to and deep love for the Body of Christ were first nurtured within StoneBridge. In fact, if I were to describe StoneBridge in one word, my word would be ‘family.’ StoneBridge is made up of my birth family and my Christian family. I grew up under many of the same youth leaders who still guide and nurture the congregation today. As an associate pastor, I have had the opportunity to teach and guide the children of leaders who once walked alongside me. The last eight years on staff have been a wonderful experience of giving back and serving the church that raised me.
At ordination, elders, deacons and ministers are asked if they will pray for, and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. Over the years, I have sought to do just that. Whether it’s the energy to stay up late at winter camp, or the intelligence needed to understand middle schoolers, or the imagination to build an empty tomb for Easter, or sharing the love of Christ, I have served StoneBridge with all that I am. I am grateful for the moments that have taught me and I cherish the moments where we laughed and cried together.
I have loved being part of this congregation and feel honored that you let me serve with your students and their families. My time at StoneBridge has been a great joy and blessing in my life. I am forever grateful to have had the honor of being one of your pastors.
Our students will continue to have Zoom youth group meetings. StoneBridge's dedication to our students is still strong. Encourage your son or daughter to keep showing up for youth group and joining us for special events. I hope to see all their shining faces on my screen for the next seven weeks.
Due to COVID-19, saying goodbye will be unusually difficult. However, in the coming weeks, using all that technology has to offer, I look forward to many virtual goodbyes. Of course, I will continue to pray for StoneBridge’s bright future and God’s guidance.
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Cynthia Purvis