[The Lord says,] “And I will give you shepherds after my own heart,
who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15, ESV)

Someone asked me how our pastors relate with one another, to our church, and their responsibilities, especially with adding Pastor Skip a couple years ago, and our plan to ordain Bob Rumbaugh as an Assistant Pastor this summer.

I thought I'd try for a brief and helpful summary today.

First of all, I'll start with Pastor Skip. Pastor Skip previously served as a Ruling Elder at New Life in Christ Church. He was ordained as a Pastor (Teaching Elder) in August 2020. Why did the Session call Skip to serve as a pastor? We wanted to be sure we would faithfully minister to the "shut-ins" of the church. A growing part of our congregation faces increased health challenges and we wanted to be attentive to their spiritual needs.  With Pastor Doug retiring, we believed we needed someone to be especially attentive to this.

After a full military career as an Air Force Officer and then a civilian working with the Federal government, Pastor Skip was already retired when we called him. He had finished seminary and was ready and interested in ordination to the gospel ministry.

Being retired, he received the call to work with New Life in Christ Church on a part-time basis. Not only does he pay special attention to our shut-ins and providing communion, he also has built a small group for full-time caregivers (usually spouses with sick partners) and a small group called GriefShared providing special focus and care to those recovering from the loss of loved ones.

Pastor Skip has served as a volunteer pastor since 2020, but he works many hours for the church, and we intend to add a stipend for his part-time ministry to our 2022-23 budget.

Primary Focus: Visiting shut-ins (including communion), Griefshare and Care Givers Support Group

I'll jump forward to Bob Rumbaugh. Bob has served as Ruling Elder at New Life in Christ Church for many years. The session has called Bob to serve as Pastor of College Outreach and Discipleship as Teaching Elder. He and his wife Dayra will lead our college ministry.

Bob retired from government service earlier this year (2022) and planned to continue to volunteer with the church in his retirement, continuing and growing New Geneva Theological Seminary in Fredericksburg. When Josh and Anacari announced their plans to leave the college ministry, Bob, Dayra and the session all together saw a wonderful opportunity to call Bob as Assistant Pastor. Having finished his theological education, he will be examined for ordination in July and ordained to this position in August.

His remuneration will include a use of the college ministry house near the University of Mary Washington and part-time financial stipend. 

Primary area of responsibility: College Ministry; Other volunteer service: Serving as Academic Dean and lecturer at New Geneva Theological Seminary

Pastor Sam Capitano is our Assistant Pastor serving as Minister of Congregational Life. Pastor Sam served as Ruling Elder for many years before being ordained as pastor in 2017. He served voluntarily from 2017 to 2020. After retiring from federal service with the Department of the Navy, he was called full time at New Life in Christ Church in January 2020. He is involved with all aspects of the church. You can find our more about Pastor Sam here: https://www.nlicc.org/users/pastor-sam-capitano

Primary areas of responsibility: Care groups, pastoral oversight to children's ministry, organizing adult Sunday school; pastoral connection for all ministries like the Women's Ministry Committee, our men's ministries, and Hope for Change Biblical Counseling; he also organizes a counseling training ministry which we hope to develop into a counseling center.

Pastor Doug Kittredge retired from being full time Senior Pastor at New Life in Christ Church in 2019 and his title was changed to Founding Pastor. He continues to provide part-time pastoral oversight to our missions committee. You can find out more about Pastor Doug here: https://www.nlicc.org/users/douglas-kittredge 

I, Pastor Sean, currently serve as Senior (Lead) Pastor to New Life in Christ Church. I started full-time as Minister of Congregational Life in 2005 and became Senior Pastor in November 2019 in the retirement of Pastor Doug. You can find out more about me here: https://www.nlicc.org/users/pastor-sean-whitenack

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Ministry of the Word: Preaching, Developing Care Group Studies; Organizing Worship Services; Moderator of the Session, pastoral vision and communication, pastoral oversight to youth groups   

Places of shared Ministry

All of our pastors are shepherds to the whole church and involved in personal ministry with different members. We are available to serve anyone and everyone. We will all teach Sunday school classes, be involved in the worship services, lead small groups, and remain available for counseling. Any of us may preach on a given Sunday. We will visit people in their homes or in the hospital. All of us are part of the congregation as those who both minister to others and receive ministry from everyone else. All of us are present at the session meetings. As Assistant Pastors Sam, Skip, and Bob do not vote, but they regularly advise the session and serve on committees.

All of our pastors have a "volunteer spirit" to do whatever is necessary to serve the church, and we are so appreciative of them. Each of our Assistant Pastors had successful careers they retired from at a young age, and the Lord has provided for them so they can serve the Lord's church.  They have organized their retirement in such a way that they can serve, the Holy Spirit is so strong in them. We do not pay them even close to what they contriute to the care and the growth of the church.

“Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.” (Psalm 110:3, ESV)

How Did We Get So Many Pastors?

We have a lot of pastors for a church of our size! That is a major praise. Once Bob Rumbaugh is ordained we will have five pastors - 2 full-time and 3 part-time pastors. 

How did we get so many pastors? We have to commend the vision of Pastor Doug who started New Geneva Theological Seminary and helped Pastors Sam, Skip, and Bob with the theological training and vision for pastoral ministry. It is a great gift to us to have these three men finish careers in federal service, and to be available to serve the Body of Christ and this particular church.

I hope this was helpful. Please let any of our elders know if you have a need, a concern, or something we can pray for.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28, ESV)