When I decided to change careers and enter pastoral ministry, it was this congregation that provided the encouragement and support I needed to fulfill God's call. Now that I have retired and returned "home", I have found the same deep spiritual connection that excited me when I first came here. The commitment to active mission, social justice, and spiritual maturity is as strong as ever. There are so many opportunities to participate in promoting peace, caring for the environment, providing safe haven for those in need, building bridges of understanding, and most importantly, spreading the love of Christ. There is no place I would rather be.