Birchwood Unanimously Votes to Receive Greg Ellis as New Pastor and Head of Staff
In a congregational meeting after the August 3rd worship service, members unanimously voted Reverend Greg Ellis as our new pastor and head of staff.
Familiar with Bellingham, Greg served as a ministry intern at First Presbyterian Church before accepting his current position as Associate Pastor at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church (Springfield, MO) in 2007.
Throughout the six-month period of becoming familiar with Birchwood PC, Greg has continued to express his excitement about joining our church in its Bellingham ministry. When he and his wife, Maggie, visited Birchwood in June, they were delighted to see the determined faithfulness of our members, the energized staff, and the initiatives already launched by church leaders.
Greg and Maggie had been praying for God’s direction regarding where they would go next, sensing that God has been gently nudging them away from Springfield to establish their married life together in a new community. Since Greg had already fallen in love with the people and culture of the Bellingham area while studying at Regent College, he was highly interested in Birchwood from the moment he learned we were looking for a pastor. He is thrilled and humbled to be called to serve the people of Birchwood, who so clearly want to grow in faith and discipleship.
In its recommendation, the PNC emphasized Greg’s depth of faith and Biblical understanding, his love for people, and his maturity for the task of head of staff. In his Springfield church, he preached regularly in both the traditional and contemporary services and supported ministries in evangelism, fellowship, congregational care, adult education, and missions. He helped establish a Wednesday evening multi-generational program called the “The Table” where members and guests can “feed your body and feed your soul.” Additionally, he was instrumental in boosting the outreach of the church through its Missions Committee.
When asked about his view of discipleship, Greg said, “Making disciples begins with prayer, depends for its success upon the living and active Word of God, and grows in the soil of relationships.” He added, “I listen for the comments people bring so that I can connect with them wherever they happen to be in life and faith. I seek to name how God is present and moving in our life together, and invite others to 'come and see' how God is at work in and through the story, teaching, and person of Jesus Christ.”
Birchwood looks forward to welcoming Greg and his wife Maggie back to Bellingham to begin his pastorate on October 1st. For more information, see the August Beacon newsletter.