Friday, September 05, 2008

The Year in Review: Life-Change Story #5

Barie and I first met Douglas and Darin Hallam about 5 years ago when they first came to work in the worship ministry at FBC Ovilla, where Barie and I were serving in student ministry. After many late night chats about church-planting, Douglas and Darin followed the Lord as He led them to move to the Austin area with us to be a part of the new church we were launching. Knowing that the planting process would take around 18 months and that nothing was garaunteed after that, Douglas decided to take a full-time job working at Starbucks while he worked part-time with our church.

Since then, Douglas has been promoted within Starbucks to the point where he is now managing his own store. In his part-time worship ministry position with us, he has been responsible for putting together the music for every service we have had since launch. Darin, his wife, used to work from home for Accenture, but they made the decision as a couple around the first of the year that they wanted to be able to allow Darin to stay at home as full-time mom (since they were preparing to have their second child).

Needless to say, it has been a tough 2.5 years for the Hallam family, but one in which God has been faithful in meeting their needs repeatedly and grown them tremendously. Having known the Hallams for a long time has allowed me the unique perspective of seeing God change their lives as they completely sold-out to Jesus Christ. Through this long journey, Douglas and Darin have learned to trust God with every step, they have learned to risk for the kingdom of God. Douglas has become a better leader during his time working at Starbucks, and both have grown as parents and spiritual leaders. Douglas has become an excellent guitar player in the last year and grown spiritually to the place where he could really push others in the walks with Christ. Most encouraging of all, God has turned the Hallams into missionaries for the cause of Christ. He has expanded their borders and given them influence with many people who are living far from God. I think every person that works with Douglas has visited our church at one time or another.

For all these reasons and many more, I was so blessed to be able to announce to our church family this morning that our elders had decided it is the right time in the life of our church to make the worship pastor position a full-time job. After a two week interview process, our elders last Friday asked Douglas to become our full-time pastor of worship and communications as of October 1st. He graciously accepted.

What a year it has been...


Brent said...

I'm really enjoying hearing these stories!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so excited for Douglas and Darin. I know that they will be a great addition to the church ministry.
Way to go RRNHCBC!!!
Love, Mama E.