CityView is happy to welcome its next long term resident, Stephen Matthews. Stephen will be working and serving with CityView for 12-18 months as he prepares and learns church planting. We are hoping to launch Stephen in August of 2016. Read a little about Stephen below.
Stephen has been involved in church ministry for essentially his entire life. His father was an ordained pastor and his mother was a gifted worship leader. After being actively involved in worship and small group ministry most of his adult life, Stephen strongly sensed God’s pastoral calling on his life. As a result of obedience he began the task of formal preparation and training for pastoral ministry for the last several years.
Stephen is in the final stages of completing his “Biblical Studies” degree with a major in “Biblical Counseling” from the College Of Biblical Studies in Houston Texas. He is also earning his “Certificate of Study in Christian Apologetics” from Biola University and is in the process of becoming a certified Biblical Counselor by the nationally recognized “ACBC” (Association Of Certified Biblical Counselors).
When asked about his passion for ministry, Stephen explained “My primary passion is to shepherd a congregation of people who, much like myself, are far from perfect and understand their daily need for the grace of God. I desire to not only present Biblically precise and Gospel centered messages but to also equip Christians to understand why they should believe that the Bible and Christianity are true (1 Peter 3:15). Application driven sermons, Christian apologetics, Biblical counseling and individual growth through discipleship with compassion sums up my desire for ministry”.
Stephen has been married to his wife Amy for 13 years and both are proud parents of their four year old daughter Lydia. In his free time Stephen enjoys Christian apologetics/debates, playing and listening to music, watching NFL football and spending quality time with his family.
Cory West is coming to CityView to train to plant Connexxus Church. We are excited to pour into Cory as he seeks to plant a church in the greater Houston area! Here’s a little bit about Cory and his better half, Carrie:
Cory & Carrie West have served in various ministry capacities since 1998. Most recently they served at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, where Cory has the Student Pastor since 2010. Cory graduated from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Religious Education and again in 2014 with a Master of Divinity. Carrie has a Master of Teaching in Special Education from Liberty University and has served as a teacher and as Director of Compassion Ministry. Cory and Carrie have no children of their own, but have thousands of “kids” throughout the country from camps and churches they’ve served. Cory and Carrie are passionate about seeing Jesus change lives in the Houston Metro and are intentional about creating thriving, multiplying, discipleship cultures. They’re also pretty crazy about the Saint Louis Cardinals and John Grisham novels!
God has done some UNBELIEVABLE things over the last year. On February 9, 2014 CityView Church held its first public service. On February 8th we celebrate one year as a church. Join us for a big celebration on February 8th. It starts with a special worship gathering at 10am then an amazing lunch and tons of fun for kids and adults. Don’t miss this AMAZING DAY in the life of CityView Church.
God knew what He was doing when He created love and sex. In fact, He wrote the book on it. You’ll be amazed at what God had in mind when He wrote the ultimate “Love Song.” This six-week series based on Song of Songs (a.k.a. the Song of Solomon) covers how to prepare for marriage as a single, attraction, how to fight fair, how to engage in marriage-honoring sex, and how to build a Godly marriage.
The new series kicks off on February 15th at 10am.