Andy Newbrey and the People of Faith
My father was a Disciples of Christ pastor for 56 years. He finally retired from preaching at the age of 80. I said that following in his footsteps was something I would never do. While ignoring God's calling, I've managed truck stops, owned six different businesses, and accumulated (nearly) four college degrees. But, in the end...I gave in to the call. Here I am today, sitting in my father's office as Lead Pastor of Faith Christian Church. Faith was my father's last church. - I have learned never say "never" to God.
So, yes, today I am a pastor. I will honestly say that I have a lot of "worldly" experience. One thing I do not have is all the answers to what it means to be a Christian. I believe that the search for answers has to be a believer's continual pursuit. Once we think we know the "rules" or have the ultimate interpretation of God's Word we become a closed book. We stop learning. We stop growing. We stop listening. We start thinking about digging trenches and surround ourselves with like-minded people. Jesus reached out to the world, the whole world. - Not only to those whom he believed would follow him. Everyone.
My hope is that this Synoptic Roots Project will work to pull all of us into a deeper understanding of Christ and his love for ALL people.
The People of Faith
The people of Faith are ordinary, hardworking people. As a congregation, we are doing our best to reach out to the community around us. We don't all agree on everything in our church. Some of us are conservative, some are liberal. We question the world around us and traditions of other churches. We do, however, try to acknowledge that we all have the right and dignity to interpret Christ's teachings and God's Word for ourselves. Everyone of us has our own experiences, upbringing, failures and successes. And with that, we can come together at Christ's table as one, united Body of believers.
We don't have all the answers. We are still learning. We are still growing.