19 Years In Wise County

It’s hard to fathom that 19 years ago today, Josh and I loaded up a U-haul and my truck and moved to an apartment in Bridgeport as I became the first Lead Pastor of Grace Fellowship. Janet had to stay in The Woodlands to finish her year of teaching and help with the sell of our house.

During my time alone with God our first morning in Bridgeport, my reading guide took me to 1 Kings 3 where Solomon had become King, but told God he felt like a child who didn’t know how to lead God’s people and asked God for understanding, wisdom and discernment. That prayer became my prayer on that morning as I took on my role of leadership at Grace.

I still pray for wisdom, discernment, understanding and humility and am so grateful God called me to serve Him at Grace and with the wonderful people in our communities.   I also asked God to allow us to build a foundation for the future; for a church that would be ready for the growth that we believed would come. God has allowed us to be a part of seeing that happen. God has done amazing and miraculous things and we continue to see Him change lives at Grace.

I’m filled with joy as I watch what God is doing in and through the Grace Fellowship family. I’m grateful for and proud of Pastor Chris and his leadership. I truly believe the best is yet to come!

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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2 Responses to 19 Years In Wise County

  1. Martha Clayton says:

    Amen to that!

  2. And of course, you have also been missed at Woodlands Church, but God answered your prayer and gave more. “I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” 1 Kings 3:13

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