Back to the Future

PASTOR MICHAEL SIMPSON

Michael Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a double major in Pastoral Care and Theology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling, with a Community Counseling specialization, from the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Arizona. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has served in ministry since 1987. He is a National Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors and a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of Arizona. Michael completed training at the College of Executive Coaching and passed the national exam to obtain the credential of Board Certified Coach from the National Center for Credentialing and Education. This allows Michael to add life coaching skills to his pastoral and counseling skills. Michael has served in pastoral ministry for nearly 30 years serving in 2 churches. For the last 10 years Michael has served as Senior Pastor at the First Church of God in Tucson, Arizona. This is his second tenure as a minister in that congregation. Michael is married to Darlene (36 years), with 4 sons, one daughter-in-law, and one very, very wonderful little granddaughter. Michael is bi-vocational and works full-time as a Family Therapist at Sierra Tucson, a residential treatment facility for addiction and mental disorders.

 

Deep Is Calling

GREG AYERS
President & Founder of GAP Ministries

Greg and Pam Ayers were faced with a life altering decision. After the loss of two very close relationships they asked God for a clearer and more meaningful purpose in their lives. Both Greg and Pam’s careers were very successful, but did not have an impact in God’s Kingdom. God dealt with their hearts and in the fall of 1995 Greg and Pam both resigned executive management positions to pursue full time pastoral ministry. Throughout the next three years God began to instill and birth a vision in them that would be the catalyst for an extreme walk of faith. Greg has had a vision to impact his community with practical ministry for more than 20 years. God has used his 17 years as a financial Vice President and business leader, and 5 years in pastoral ministry to equip him with the tools needed to establish and grow GAP Ministries as a God-centered social service leader in Southern Arizona. Greg has been married to his beautiful wife and co-founder Pam for more than 30 years. He has 6 children, has adopted 4 and has fostered hundreds.

GAP MINISTRIES

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit social services agency, has been serving Southern Arizona since 2000 through practical community service in the following areas: Family-style group SPLASH Houses for children 0-18 in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS); MERGE for teens in CPS care, helping them discover their potential; BOOST Family Resources providing food, clothing and household goods to those in need; Backpack-2-School for children at Title 1 elementary schools; and Holiday of Hope to make Christmas brighter for over 100 children in Child Protective Services.

 

Healing and Wholeness

SERMON NOTES  
January 3, 2016
Rev. Jim Toole and Nicaragua Mission Team
Mark 2:1-12

HEALING AND WHOLENESS

Theme: As we start this New Year let us strive for healing and wholeness.

The Wikipedia definition of healing is: the restoration, repairing or regeneration of damage.

 Healing can take on many forms but here are three I want us to look at.

  • Physical Healing – Where we pray for God’s touch on a physical condition.
  • Emotional Healing – Where we pray for God to heal our heart and bring wholeness to our emotional lives.
  • Systemic Healing – Where the body of Christ prays but also acts by being Christ’s instruments of grace to the world.

One of my favorite aspects of ministry is that when we get in touch with our own healing, we become healers.

As we are healed we want to be Christ’s instrument of healing to the world.

This November we sent a team to Nicaragua to drill a water well. Most of these folks on the team are like you and me who have experienced God’s grace in their lives and they were ready to express that grace to others.

Nicaragua Team Presentation