Twenty-two years ago April 8, 1996 Compelled Church was started. It was Bedford Christian Community, then. We changed when we went multi-site. We left as youth pastors at Northville Christian Assembly, and with hugs, tears, and holy excitement, we moved to Temperance. That church supported us, and and sent us off well under the leadership of Pastor “O” Buchan and that loving staff. Hugh Duncan, was the greatest encourager ever! Thank you Hugh for pouring into Wendy and I, encouraging us, and giving faithfully in so many ways.
What started as a God-given dream in our living room in Livonia with Mike and Pam Hardy, has become an amazing journey of fun and faith! Rick and Beth joined us a year later. What at team, and priceless friends!
A lot has happened in that 22 years. Many people have came to the Lord, leaders raised up, people discipled, children and youth ministered to. Wendy and I are humbled and blessed at what God has done, and the amazing people he sent to help throughout the years. What a joy to be imbedded in this community, to raise our kids year, and to live in the same house since the day we arrived.
My wife Wendy has been right there. Ministering, raising our kids, giving, serving. She encouraged me when I was bi-vocational, when I struggled through a Master’s Degree and at every stage of church-planting challenge. My children love the church, and God’s people because this church has been so amazing. Thank you Wendy for your support, patient love, and pouring into this life’s work as much as I. Thank you Abby, Gabe, and Levi for bring us honor, and sharing your parents with so many people.
We have raised leaders, pastors, help start other churches, and have another Compelled Church Campus in Holland, Oh. We have send over a million to missions, had 3 building programs, and have seen God lead, provide, protect, and guide us faithfully for 22 years.
The LOrd was there through every challenge, disappointment, and victory.
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged, gave, sacrificed, and supported the work of the Lord here in Temperance and Toledo. You are heroes.
Happy Birthday Compelled Church! It has been an amazing 22 years. It has been a joy to lead Pastor this great Church. Whatever God has for the next 22 years for our lives, and the church, we will be faithful, we will be obedient, we will have tenacity!
Love you All
Pastor Nate and Wendy