Our journey to River City was a path filled with the joy of service, blessed by life-long relationships, contrasted by broken promises, lying betrayals and hurts. Some of those hurts were so deep and ruinous that we thought we would never be able get over them. Our thinking became toxic and our growth in Christ had come to a screeching halt. Many of our relationships changed or died altogether. How could the people you trusted the most in the church be so cruel? These emotions empowered the hurt and un-forgiveness. As anger and bitterness began to grow in us, we allowed it to dominate our thoughts and stunt our Spiritual growth! We were not able or desirous of being used by God at all! Fortunately, that when we landed on the River City Campus there were people here from our past that were a part of those “blessed life-long relationships”. They just loved us where we were, challenged us to forgive the offenses and press on to know the LORD! In time the process of forgiveness facilitated healing, and healing facilitated the return of Spiritual growth. Spiritual growth always puts Christ back on the Throne in our hearts. That spiritual growth translated into helping lead our Pastoral Leadership Institute for people in our congregation to further their theological knowledge and gain their pastoral ordination. Since then, we have had the pleasure of ordaining 3 people who completed the 2 years of classes. Today, my wife and I have regained a growing, healthy, and vibrant relationship with Christ. He has given us the grace to forgive and restore many of the relationships with those that wounded us, as well as, those wounded by us. We are sharing, serving and teaching as we grow in His love and grace.