Niceville Campus eLetter
Thursday, November 7, 2019
From our Associate Executive Pastor
Can you believe Halloween is already behind us? It’s getting dark earlier and we’ve started the spin-up for the holidays. Time sure flies! During this busy season, I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I’m Mike Vlk and I’ve been at Crosspoint for a couple of months now, serving as the Associate Executive Pastor. Although I’ve met many folks on campus already, there are lots more I want to get to know.
As for my background, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and joined the Air Force after college. I met my wife, Rachel, while she was serving as an Air Force nurse. During our careers, we have been stationed at Eglin, Duke, and Hurlburt, among other locations around the world. But regardless of where we were assigned, we always felt that Niceville was home for us. When I accepted my final assignment, Rachel and I promised our two daughters that we’d stay put until they finished high school. I retired in 2013, and as promised, we stuck around San Antonio until our youngest graduated this past June. That’s when we jumped at the chance to move back to Niceville. Let me say, it’s good to be home!
Since my retirement, I finally responded to God’s calling and entered the ministry. I served as Associate Pastor at Schertz United Methodist Church in Texas, and I’m now completing my last few classes to be licensed as a local pastor. I’ve been working with Rurel Ausley, Greg McKinnon, and the rest of the ministry and staff to find the best fit for me at Crosspoint. Lately, I’ve been helping Sam Brown as he gets the Freeport campus up and running. You may see me doing announcements at the traditional services or poking my head into various meetings or ministries as I learn what all goes on at the church. It sure has changed since we were last members in 2004!
One of the things I love about Crosspoint is how many ways there are to serve God and share Christ’s love. I’m really looking forward to all the events and opportunities coming up during the holidays: Operation Christmas Child, food drives, Christmas Store and Christmas Worship Concert, the marriage retreat, events for our students like The WKND, in addition to all the usual ways of connecting: Life Groups, mission trips, ministries, serving opportunities, and more. There’s something for everyone of every age to share their love and get connected. To get an idea of what all is happening I invite you to check out this video on Crosspoint Holiday Giving and poke around the Missions page on our website. There’ll also be details about specific ministries and events in our worship service programs and campus eletters.
Rachel and I are thrilled to be back at Crosspoint and I hope you’ll pull us aside and introduce yourself when you see us around campus!
Mike Vlk, Associate Executive Pastor