We are happy to announce that Russell Meier has accepted the call to the Brainerd district. Pastor Meier writes that his desire is to work with the church members to foster discipleship by cultivating a culture of evangelism in the local church. He wants to encourage church members to use their unique spiritual gifts to reach their neighbors and friends for Christ.
Russell did evangelistic meetings in Colombia for two weeks and saw several people come to Christ through his work there. He likes doing door to door evangelism, youth ministries, hospital visitations and member visitation, all of which are key elements to successful ministry. As an evangelist in Wilson, North Carolina (NC) he did a lot of home visitation, building relationships with the community, encouraging community members to attend a three week evangelistic field school in May of 2014.
Pastor Meier comes with a knowledge of how the church runs, he has served as a church elder and as a church treasurer. He has had the opportunity to participate in church board situations, preaching, planning for worship and other church activities. As a local church treasurer he was instrumental in moving the local church to start using the electronic book keeping system, as well as preparing annual budgets for the local church. Russell was also responsible for teaching a baptismal class and led many of his students into baptism.
We are glad that Pastor Russell Meier, his wife Dawn and their three children are joining our Minnesota Conference pastoral team.
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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