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    Senior Pastor
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    Executive Assistant
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    Assistant Pastor, Discipleship
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    Assistant Pastor, Youth/Families
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    High-Life Assistant Director
  • Kim Delchamps
    Administrative Assistant
    High-Life/Children
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    Director of Children's Ministry
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    Director of Community Development/Assimilation
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    Director of Facilities/Office
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Reflections


Honored.  Privileged.  Humbled.  Thankful.

Southwood, when I think about working for this church, I am so thankful for you.  It has been an honor to work here with you—an honor so great that it is not easily expressed in words, but I will try. I won’t capture it fully, but it won’t be the first time I fail at Southwood and you show me love in the failing. 

To be hired at the age of 23 to work with the youth ministry at Southwood was an exciting adventure and dream come true.  Ten years later to have been able to work at Southwood for a decade—I am beyond humbled.  I don’t know why the Lord bestowed such a blessing in my life, but I happily accept it! 

Looking back at 2007, it’s hard to even remember what my life looked like at that point or how and when I met so many delightful people.  This church and its people are so much a part of who I am that it seems unfathomable that there was a time that I didn’t know the families here. I didn’t know the blessing it would be in my life and the ways it would shape me into who I am today.  Day by day, for ten years this church has continued to reveal to me how well it cares for people.  It has been a safe place for me to continue to restore my identity in Christ as he reveals his care to me daily. 

You each taught me how to give grace to myself and to others.  You walked with me through mistakes and successes.  You are my advice givers, my life lines, my co-laborers, encouragers and comforters.  You have forgiven me and tended to me with such compassion that I was constantly led to praise Jesus.  I was encouraged to praise Jesus for his forgiveness, his compassion and also for the work of his faithful saints in my life.  I am led to praise Jesus for you Southwood, and the ways you have walked alongside me.  You are the sinful saints who have consistently pointed me to the cross of Jesus as our only source of hope. 

Southwood will forever be a part of who I am and I am beyond thankful for that!  It is immensely hard to leave working for this church, but I am comforted when I remind myself that you are the ones who have equipped me to go out and share the grace and love of Christ with other places.  I take you and what you have shared with me on to this new place. 

The people of Southwood are my family and my home, and I want to say thank you and I love you!