Two years after I arrived to my current call, I met the previous Senior Pastor. We laughed a lot. And I listened a lot.
He does not live nearby and has not returned to the church in the over four years since he retired.
I pointed to documents from his tenure about “vision,” sharing how I’ve picked up from the language he referenced around John 7:38. “From the believers will flow rivers of living water.” The architecture and interior design components incorporate water imagery, and there is a fountain with the verse at the entrance to the sanctuary.