Like many of you, I have been blessed by the ministry of the Disciple Heritage Fellowship for many years. In fact, I got involved with DHF shortly after the Des Moines General Assembly in 1985. It has been my privilege to serve on the DHF board a number of terms and am currently serving as the acting President of the board. For those of you who know me, that could be considered quite an act!
We are moving into a critical time for the ministry of DHF. Doug Harvey, who served long and faithfully as our Executive Director, is transitioning back into the pastorate, having received a call from the Harvest Church in New Hampton, IA. We pray blessing over them as Doug and Bev start a new chapter in their lives.
That also means a new chapter is beginning for DHF. We formalized at our most recent board meeting, and are now excited to share with you, that Kevin Ray has agreed to step in and serve as our Transitional Executive Director for the next year. With the blessing and support of the eldership at First Christian Church in Shelbyville, IL, Kevin will continue as their pastor and also serve DHF. He will be joined in that task by his wife, Linda. Kevin has already started to make
contacts with our support base, so don’t be surprised if you hear from him soon.
What this means for the ministry is that our Transitional Team can take the time they need to seek the Lord and help fashion a new “wineskin” for DHF. Many aspects of the old wineskin of DHF will be put to rest, including the sale of the office building in Lovington, IL. While we are not quite sure what the new wineskin will look like, I can tell you, on behalf of the board, that we are excited about the journey the Lord has for us.
We need your help, your partnership, and your financial support for this ministry. Now is not the time to pull back but to go forward so that together we can walk into the new vision God has for DHF. We are trusting Him to clarify His call for us as we seek Him and do all we can to obediently follow Him. So thank you for your partnership in this ministry in the past, for your partnership now, and for your partnership for the future of DHF. To God be the glory!
Dr. Rick Grace