No, this isn’t a post about President Bush although can read my latest one here about W.
About 8 years ago, Minhee and I sent an email to folks about our desire to plant a church in the city of Seattle called Quest. It was pretty scary not knowing who was going to show up – if anyone. But seven people showed including two people that are still with us right now. Over the next several months, about 30 people joined us of which about 5 people are still us with us.
Lots of changes. People coming in and out. Lots of pain. Lots of growth. Lots of joy. Lots of memories. And lots of “What in the world am I doing?” There’s been lots of ups and downs and but through it all, Minhee and I have been privileged to have a handful of people journey with us for the majority of our journey.
In particular, I’m thankful for George and Jin – two brothers amongst the seven folks that joined our first gathering in our living over seven years ago. They have been some of the most loyal and dependable friends and partners in ministry. Every pastor and leader needs people like these two to journey with them. I’ll roast Jin another time.
George has served the church in almost every way conceivable including being our worship director from Day 1. Now, nearly 50+ musicians rotate through various teams. For the first couple years, George volunteered ALL of his time and it was only in the recent years that the church “compensated” him as a part time worship & arts director. After 7+ years as the church’s worship director, George officially stepped down from his position last Sunday. He’ll be taking couple months off to rest and simply enjoy sitting and worshipping on Sundays next to his Vivien [his wife], attend a community group together, and prayerfully discern how they can serve God together at Quest.
But before I give him too much praise, I want folks to know that I taught him everything he knows about what it means to be an artist and leading worship. When I first “discovered” him, he was a little rough on the edges: no style, no range on his voice, guitar playing was a little shaky, rhythm was off, and he kept wanting to wear sunglasses while leading worship. But I saw his potential and invested in him. But just in case you don’t believe me, I have a clip of George when I discovered him. Make sure you check it out. Thankfully, he’s since much improved in his giftings as an artist and musician:
* Just in case you don’t know, the youtube video is NOT George. C’mon! Not all Asians look the same. If you want to listen to one of George’s original worship songs, click here to listen to ‘Testament.’