This weekend at Nowra City Church, an amazing champion of the church of Jesus Christ in Australia is hanging up her boots so to speak, and retiring from her position as Associate Pastor of Nowra City Church. This caps off 43 years of ministry life. Times as:- Pioneering Pastor, Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor. As the previous Senior Pastor of Nowra City Church for the last 15 years, I am posting a few photos as a celebration of some of my favorite pics of Lynley in ministry.
I could blog pages and pages of comments about Lynley and her incredibly ability as a Pastor and leader. I regularly described her as one of the most effective Associate Pastors in Australia:- I mean as part of a team, we grew one of the largest regional churches in Australia, a lot of that I give credit to the Holy Spirit and to Lynley.
But I do not desire to write as her former pastor, boss, or leader…..but as her friend. Its an unlikely friendship. Over the last 15 years I have known Lynley and her incredible husband Garry in a number of differing roles, I have come to count them as one of my closest friends. Garry and her have enriched my life and Melanie’s life immeasurably. We have laughed, prayed, at times wept together, celebrated and built a great church together.
There are people in life who are strangers. There are people in life who are associates. There are people in life who are friends and then there are people in life that you just wouldn’t do life without. These people are better than the purest gold. Lynley and Garry, in my world, in Melanie’s world, fall into this category.
Lynley thank you. Garry thank you.
My blessing that I would speak over your life is: May the roos of the Nerriga bush leave your sapplings alone, may the wombats and Lyre Birds of Main Road 92 avoid your car, may the Nerriga Pub never lose your mail and may you enjoy many many years of living in your dream cave (sorry I meant house) and may you never lose the wicked adventurous streak in you both. Retirement just means you get to pursue your dreams 24/7. No more Ops Team Meetings.
Love you both