(October 18, 2016) - After more than fourteen years pastoring Grace Covenant Church in Roanoke, Virginia, Jeff and Deneen Ell passed the baton of lead pastor to Pastor Chris and Nikki Stup during a powerful installation service last Sunday. NLMI leaders including Pastors Dan Backens and Steve Carlin were able to join in the celebration.
As the Stups step into this exciting new role Chris shared, "Nikki and I are very much looking forward to our future with NLMI and hoping to connect with as many people as possible. We're also expecting (our second child) in April, which is a total miracle!"
The Ells aren't leaving to kick up their heels and relax. With a "Caleb spirit" the couple is moving to Richmond, Virginia to plant a new church called North City! NLMI looks forward to being a part of what God has in store for both of these families and their congregations.
(May 11, 2016) - Senior leaders representing more than 12 member churches came to the beautiful Carter Hall and Conference Center for two days of refreshing and equipping last month.
Keeping in mind the "Make Room" theme, guest speakers Pastor Ron & Sandy Johnson spoke life into the guest's lives as well as did NLMI's Pastors Dan Backens and Joseph Umidi. Tuesday morning's women's tea and men's breakfast were new additions, and were such a hit that they are scheduled to be a part of 2017's retreat. Sweet times of worship were led by Pastor Adam Cates, Pastor Kevin Turpin and a wonderful team from Grace Covenant Church.
"It was great to get away and be poured into by the speakers and spending time with the Lord, " shared Minister Barbara Ward. "[It was a] good time of fellowship and community building."
As associate pastor at Piedmont International Church, this was Michael Shamberger's first NLMI retreat. He said, "The best for me was simply getting to meet and talk to new people and encouraging each other."
(April 7, 2016) - Pastor Steven Townsend and the Piedmont International Church family welcomed NLMI's Pastor Wayne with open arms on Sunday, March 6th. During the service he presented a framed membership certificate to the Greensboro, NC congregation and shared a stirring message titled, "I'm Convinced. I'm Energized. I'm Able."
"Piedmont demonstrates an awareness and inclusion of all ethnic groups," observed Pastor Wayne. "They have a desire to connect with their local community and there's a real commitment to raising up the next generation. I really enjoyed their service."