Within weeks of beginning my work as Interim Pastor, I had the unexpected and profound blessing of getting to know Jeff and Tina Nine. They love God and this church.
Many of you know that Jeff Nine has served us as Student Pastor while attending Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Tina’s strength, encouragement, and fantastic sense of humor have supported Jeff through the more trying times. His journey as student and candidate for becoming a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA is at an important crossroads.
On Monday, May 9, Jeff and Tina will attend the graduation ceremony from Western Theological Seminary. Two days later, accompanied by Tina, Gregg Baldwin, Pastor Michael and his wife, Heather, Jeff will read his statement of faith to the Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation of Ministry. These are long-awaited and important steps in Jeff’s journey of faith. To be sure, there is more work to be done before Jeff is ordained, but milestones are worth celebrating, aren’t they?