Lead Pastor Candidate
[ORIGINAL POST FROM MAY 26, 2019]
We are excited to announce our candidate for Lead Pastor!
Please CLICK HERE to view the insert presented to the congregation on May 26. (CLICK HERE for the Spanish version.)
After serving EFCC for nearly 40 years –– the past 26 as its Senior Pastor – in 2018, Pastor Dennis Keating informed the congregation that it was time to begin looking for his replacement, as he felt called to spend more time with family and called toward more flexible ministry opportunities. The Board of Elders in partnership with Pastor Dennis began praying and seeking next steps for Emmanuel Faith Community Church. The Board appointed a Search Committee to focus on the process of seeking our next leader.
After the completion of the search process, the EFCC Lead Pastor Search Team and the Board of Elders are thrilled to recommend Pastor Ryan as their final candidate to fill the role of Lead Pastor, and to welcome him, his wife Kelly, and their children to our church on the weekend of June 1/2 to be presented to the full membership. The family of five will be on campus beginning Wednesday, May 29. (See the insert or sidebar for more details.)
Introduction of the Lead Pastor Candidate
Pastor Ryan is a passionate Jesus follower, husband and dad. He is honored to serve Jesus as a pastor and finds great joy and purpose teaching the scriptures. He loves to creatively communicate the timeless truths of scripture in a relevant and culturally engaging way. He is convinced that the local church is the hope of the world, and has dedicated his life to preaching the gospel and building disciples.
Ryan sees his role as a pastor as equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). His church has recognized his giftedness for this work, and he has lived out his calling by faithfully preaching the scriptures, boldly leading the church, and compassionately shepherding Christ’s body. Throughout his 17 years in vocational ministry, Pastor Ryan has been a part of many significant successes and powerful movements of God, and has also been a part of painful disappointments. He has had the joy of walking with people in life’s triumphs and has had the honor of journeying with people through life’s trials. Ryan has said that there is nothing else to which he would rather give his life.
In his spare time, Pastor Ryan enjoys running, reading, drinking good coffee, and is a connoisseur of fine(ish) mexican food.
Click a link below to watch excerpts from some of the Lead Pastor Candidate's sermons. The prayer was recorded on Mother's Day, the Sunday following a school shooting 15-minutes from his church.
LIFE IS A MAZE(ing)
HILLS & VALLEYS
BRAVE IN THE NEW WORLD
TO LEARN MORE
If you'd like to learn more about our Lead Pastor Candidate, you may visit his church's website | sermon page | his personal website, including his devotionals and blogs.
The Board of Elders, the Search Team and Pastor Dennis Keating fully endorse our Lead Pastor Candidate. To view their endorsement letters, click below.
BOARD OF ELDERS & PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
PASTOR DENNIS KEATING