Congratulations, not only to Pastor Chuck Whitmire, but to his family as well for the past 25 years of ministry here at First Assembly. Let us stop and take a look back over the road that has been traveled during those years.
At the start, he was working the office pretty much by himself and ministering during the week; hospital visits, in-home visits, and preparing sermons for three services. It wasn’t long until staff was hired to help with a growing congregation: a youth pastor and a secretary.
Still the workload grew as the congregation grew, as did the vision for what he believed the Lord would want done. Missions—a reaching out beyond the borders of Rolla, Missouri, and the US, into the foreign field. That vision for missions has grown over the past 25 years; and more so as he and some friends went to India and other countries and experienced firsthand what the burden was in his heart.
From there, the congregation has gone on numerous missions trips both foreign and domestic; and from there burdens were birthed in other hearts as well. Many—too many to count—people have been ministered to and have been pointed to Christ as a result of the ministry of First Assembly as the Lord Jesus has been building His church by using laborers, while encouraging other laborers to get into the field of work.
Thank you, Pastor Chuck and family, for faithfully ministering, laboring if you will, encouraging and leading a work force for Christ to be part of building the Kingdom as the Lord Jesus directs.
Thank you for hearing the voices of others as they have dreamed about a ministry the Lord gave them and put it to work.
Thank you for the hours no one knows about, sitting in hospitals with many of us as our family members were going through surgery.
Thank you to your family for their sacrifice done through the years because you were out late at night or very early morning ministering to some wayward soul.
Thank you for the investment into our community through the ministries that touch our community: KidCare/Thrive, a benevolence house for families who have lost their home to fire, and the church to be used for a shelter during disaster.
Thank you, Whitmire family, for all that you have done during the past 25 years. We look forward to more as the Lord Jesus continues to build His church—using laborers He calls for that task.