Next Sunday, November 8, 2015, will be the first Sunday that Brad and Kiki, and their beautiful and bright children, Karis (13), Micah (11), Joshua (5), and Caleb (2 years old in December) will be with us in their new role as our pastoral family. Kiki is of Japanese descent having been born in the United States to immigrant parents from Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese as well as English. We have in this family the seed for an International Church.
Brad and Kiki have a most interesting background. Brad grew up in Midland, Michigan, and moved to New England to attend high school and then college. Brad graduated from Boston College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While at Boston College, Brad met Kiki, a fellow student, and later were married in 1995. Kiki is also a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. The admissions requirements for Boston College are as strict as those of Harvard University. In fact, Boston College is often referred to as the Harvard of Catholic schools. He has also done post graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity degree program.
Brad and Kiki have been involved in campus ministry at Boston College. They have a vision not only to reach the city of Athens, and the surrounding counties, but a vision for a dynamic ministry to the students at the University of Georgia and the other colleges located in this center for higher education.
Brad is an ordained minister of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. His ministerial experience had been varied. He has been involved in ministries and churches in Boston, Sacramento, and Charleston at different seasons as a college campus pastor, a church planter, a lead pastor, and community center director before his most recent pastorate at Cornerstone Church, an independent charismatic church in Charleston, SC. In fact, last Sunday. November 1, was his final day to serve as pastor of that church.
We want you to get to know Brad, Kiki, Karis, Micah, Joshua, and Caleb as we get to know them. On behalf of our new pastor and his wife I want to invite you to be with us next Sunday, November 8, 2015. You will thrill to Brad's preaching. He is a gifted communicator and preaches the Bible and makes practical applications to the truth God has for each of us and our families.
Now, let me share a few photos I have received from Brad and Kiki: