I have been a member of Champion Forest Baptist Church since 2009. It’s wonderful how God works. God used my alma mater Yale to initially bring me to CFBC. In autumn 2008, at the Klein ISD college fair which took place at CFBC, I volunteered at the Yale table. Go Bulldogs! I excitedly told wide-eyed students and their parents about the place I attended for college and medical school. I passed around the course book and answered their questions about Ivy League life. As I packed up my gear at the end of the fair that Tuesday night, I had the strong sense that God used that event to get me in the building, as He tugged on my heart to come back that Sunday for the 9:30 worship service. I came that Sunday, and I’ve been coming back ever since. I had been attending and serving in church my whole life, but this was the first time that the Word, the preaching, and especially the music spoke to me in a fresh way. I was taking notes during the sermons and crying during some of the songs. I thought, “OK, Lord, you’ve got my attention. This is where You want me to be.” I had been baptized as an infant in the Lutheran church, but my CFBC baptism and declaration of faith on June 14, 2009 marked a new chapter in my spiritual journey.
Being part of the music ministry and praise team at CFBC has been a blessing in my life. It’s important that we use the gifts God has given us to the fullest extent that we can. Like Pastor Steven Morris said, our Gospel partnerships are so important. It’s a blessing to worship with fellow choir members, lead the congregation in song during services, participate in albums with both the English choir and Spanish choir, and sing/dance/play music for Jesus during the Christmas Spectacular. It’s a joy and a responsibility serving in the music ministry. I look forward to every opportunity to minister and serve in that way.
As a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics’ Cypresswood location since 2002, I have a unique opportunity to impact children’s lives. Keeping kids healthy and getting them well when they are sick is a calling which requires critical thinking and decision making, cultural awareness, effective communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a love for what you do and for those under your care. These are skills which would also be advantageous for a member of the CFBC search committee.
Several years ago, I served as a member of the search committee to hire the chief medical officer (CMO) for Texas Children’s Pediatrics. It was a process of several months of interviewing candidates from around the country and discussing their strengths. Our small team sought to determine how well the candidates would fit in our large organization of several hundred doctors. We were searching for the best person to lead our diverse and forward thinking group while acknowledging its rich history, in many ways like we are now doing at Champion Forest in our search for a senior pastor. The CMO search committee process was an important experience which taught me to have patience with the process, required commitment to our common goal, thoroughness in learning about each candidate, and respect for the other search committee members’ viewpoints.
I am eager to see what God is going to do in the life of Champion Forest Baptist Church, and I’m excited about the ways He is going to draw us closer to Him and bring new people through our doors. Much has been accomplished already, and there is more to be done as we stay on mission to minister to the next generation and to those near and far about the great God we serve.