- Phone: 979-268-8900
- Address: 700 University Drive East, Ste. 115, College Station, TX 77840
Here at New Life, we have been blessed with incredible, faithful leadership. Two of those leaders who serve our church so well are Allen Duty, our preaching pastor, and his wife Kendra. This is an insight into their story.
“Kendra felt confident God was calling us to plant New Life before I was,” Allen explained, “sometime in late spring 2008. Through prayer, reading the Word, and considering the ways God was moving in our lives, she really believed this is what God wanted us to do. It took me several more months for a variety of reasons, but I came to believe God was calling us in early October 2008. We held our first public worship service on March 28, 2009, and the rest is history. Seems like Kendra was right all along…as usual.”
“After God and our family, New Life is the most important thing in our lives. We love the church, and we believe God has called us to serve New Life for the rest of our lives. Of course, God can move us if he desires, and I hope we would follow him wherever he leads. But we have no intention of ever leaving New Life, believing God has called us here to make disciples and send out missionaries and church planters from this very strategic city.”
When asked what our church means to him and his family, Allen answered, “New Life is almost always on our hearts and minds. Even when we’re away, we find ourselves talking about the people and the work going on in the church. I’m very grateful to have a wife that truly shares God’s calling with me, and for a church body that eagerly returns the love we feel for them.”
We are currently going through 1 Thessalonians on Sundays, and I cannot help but see that this family practices what they preach everyday in their service and love to us.
“But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:7–8
“For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:11–12
What a blessing from God that our leaders love us with the gospel and also with their own lives. This is not just a job for them. They joyfully give their time, encouragement, insight, food, and many other things (when it would be much more convenient not to), because they love us deeply and care that we walk in a manner worthy of God.
When asked how we could serve them best, they said, “Our family loves New Life and we consider it a privilege to serve the church body. Still, pastoral ministry can be lonely work not only for a pastor, but for his wife and children as well. The best way for New Life to serve our family would be to simply recognize that we have the same need for encouragement and fellowship as every other member. A kind word or an invitation to hang out goes a long way.”
Leaders lead for a reason: so that people would follow them. Our leaders, by God’s grace, are aiming at the very heart of God, and they seek His glory above everything else. What a testimony to God’s love and provision that we can follow them there.