A Note from Andrew Spidahl, Pastoral Resident

Andrew SpidahlWell, you can’t get rid of me.

It seems that again and again, I keep showing up with some staff role at Hope Church. First in 2010 it was the seminary internship, then in 2012 the summer internship, and again in 2013 as community connector I managed to get an office in the building, which also led to my filling in while Gordon was on sabbatical.  And now, yet again, you’ll find me sitting in meetings and showing up at church functions as the new Pastoral Resident.

You just can’t get rid of me.

For my part, I’m glad to be on board for another two years, working alongside Gordon and Jill in the pastoral role, and seeking to explore new ground with our young adult ministry and alternative forms of worship. And I’m also glad for this unique opportunity to continue as Washington School Neighbors’ community connector in the work Kallie and I have been doing for the past year. So basically I’ll be dedicating half my time to the neighborhood, and half my time to Hope Church specific ministries.

As part of that, I want to say a word of thanks to Jill and other leaders in the church who helped to envision and secure this Pastoral Residency grant from the Lilly Foundation as a way to continue Hope Church’s commitment to this neighborhood where we find ourselves. Thanks! And thanks to you, Hope Church members, for your continued kindness and support through all these various years.

I look forward to growing into these next two years of ministry through Hope Church.

Still Around,
Andrew Spidahl