On Leaving Chevron

9231153-largeSome decisions in life are complicated.  How do I invest for retirement?  What type of vehicle should I buy?  Where should I send my kids to school?  Decisions like these require careful analysis and consideration, but once the best alternative appears, moving ahead is relatively easy.

Some decisions are not complicated, but they are hard.  Do I really need another scoop of ice cream?  Is getting up for my workout this morning really necessary?  It’s not that these decisions are complex.  We usually know the right answer. It’s just hard to do the right thing sometimes.

Leaving Chevron was a hard decision. God has been leading leading me into full time church work for some time now, and my wife Taylor is 100% on board.  My sense of calling has been very clear for a number of years, but recently that calling received some clear direction.  God opened doors for me to go on staff at Arlington Heights and serve with a staff that I already love dearly and work well with.  Simple decision right?  Yes, but hard.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being an engineer at Chevron. I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the best in the business.  I’ve made many friends, and had opportunities that a small percentage of people will ever have.  I’ve been well treated, well developed (they tried anyway), and well cared for.  With all that said, it became clear a few months ago that now was the time to part ways.  April 16th will be my final day at the refinery.

While leaving is certainly hard, I am very excited about the doors that God is opening, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes my family and me.  I will start as an associate pastor at Arlington Heights Baptist Church in early May.  My job function will be somewhat broad, but I will be focusing on family ministry, Christian education, and missions coordination. To put it more simply, I’ll be helping spread the name of Jesus in every way I know how.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to many people in this process.  Both the folks at Arlington Heights and Chevron have been very understanding during this transition.  My wife has been incredibly supportive despite the obvious upheaval my family will experience in this transition.  Most of all, I’m thankful to Jesus Christ for giving me grace and the opportunity to serve Him in a new way.

If you are reading this, I covet your prayers for my family as we seek to step out in faith and obedience.  If I can ever serve you in any way please feel free to reach out to me.  To my Chevron friends, come see me at the church sometime.  We’re right next door!

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” Psalm 67:1-2 ESV

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