Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church, Independence, KS., M.A. '02.
Jeremy, who served at a large church in the Denver area while attending Seminary, made the decision to move to a rural community and pursue a more personal ministry. Though he enjoyed working at a large church, he examined his own personal gifts and personality, and felt called to make the move. Jeremy stresses the idea that sometimes smaller is better. "Our world is screaming out the idea that bigger is better, and while we should strive for growth, our number one concern is not the size of the ministry, but rather the depth of the ministry," said Jeremy. "While I have strong administrative gifts, I did not want to be a ministry manager, overseeing a huge ministry that needed a lot of structural attention. Instead, I wanted to be a pastor. I wanted to be deeply involved in the lives of the students and families of the church." For Jeremy, the rural church is not just a stepping tone to something else. "This is right where God wants me to be."