Back in 1985, a young assistant pastor in his late 20s came over from Pekin, Illinois to candidate to become associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church. Those of us who have been in the church more than 30 years, know how the Lord used Pastor Doug and Karen Stein and their family for 15 years to have a major impact on the life and growth of our church.
Financially, Pastor Stein led the business office team as we watched the Lord provide funds to go from a church that was debt-shackled to debt-free.
Organizationally, the Lord used Pastor Stein’s administrative gifts to help us run many of our ministries decently and in order.
Spiritually, the Lord used the Steins’ leadership of the youth group to see young people mature in Christ and many go on into full-time occupational ministry.
Last night the Grace church family voted with a 99.25% vote to call Pastor Stein to return as our associate pastor. We are excited that the Steins have accepted the call and will start serving at Grace beginning September 15.