VOLUNTEER – “A Person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking; a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.”
That definition from dictionary.com, by itself, doesn’t even begin to do justice in describing our May of 2014 Staff Member of the Month – GREG MACPHERSON. However, it is a starting point that offers just a little bit of insight into the heart and mind of one of this Ministry and Church’s most selfless Saints. Greg MacPherson and his beautiful and growing family have been a part of this Church for more than 10 years, and from the moment that GOD called them to this message while living in Washington State…near Seattle…they have embodied the picture of loving and giving humility. As a very successful family business owner in their area, Greg easily could have done what just about everyone else in the world would have done: stay put, run the business, and do his best to get his family to as many Church events and Festivals as he could. But that’s NOT what Greg did. Greg made the necessary arrangements with his extended family members for him to MOVE to Nashville, Tennessee. He WANTED and NEEDED for his family to be around as many Saints as possible…as often as possible. He knew that THIS was the WISER “long-term investment.” He put his focus and emphasis on the spiritual instead of the material, and GOD has rewarded him, his wife Cherri, and their still-growing family (grandchildren!) with more love and joy and peace than money could ever buy!
But Greg didn’t JUST move his family thousands of miles across the United States – from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast. You see – Greg has gone “all in” with his time and energy and efforts – and he is using his acumen as a business owner, and even more specifically his experience in running a warehouse, and now volunteers in assisting Jenni Mendl with our shipping and distribution efforts at Weigh Down Ministries. Greg’s organizational skills, calm demeanor, wonderful personality, and tremendous work ethic are invaluable to Gwen and the Staff at Weigh Down. But again, it doesn’t stop there. Greg ALSO is one of our key leaders in the Remnant Fellowship Prison Ministry – an effort launched by Gwen several years ago. Greg is highly respected by both the Prison Staff and the Inmates within the Prison systems where our classes are held. He is upheld and known to be a righteous, selfless man with a heart for those Inmates who are learning to give their lives completely to GOD…regardless of their current circumstances. This Ministry effort requires a lot of time, travel, patience, and organization – and Greg fits the bill for every aspect of that! And beyond Distribution and the Prison Ministry, Greg also is involved in many projects…many of which are unseen in the public eye…that help keep the Ministry and Church facilities running smoothly. It truly is FUN to honor those who are GIVING of themselves for GOD’S glory and the growth of His Kingdom. Gwen always has been very quick to uphold those who display extraordinary selflessness…and who LOVE every minute of it! This is Greg MacPherson, and it is a delight to share just SOME of what has made him the May of 2014 Staff Member of the Month. But keep reading…because a few Saints who work closely with Greg also have words to share about his impact in this Church and Ministry…
Greg has set a high standard for all of us. He certainly is following in Gwen’s footsteps of giving volunteer service to whatever GOD asks for, whenever He asks for it…with a joyful attitude! We praise GOD for this attitude and servant’s heart, and it is an honor to congratulate Greg on this recognition. We praise GOD for Greg and for his wife Cherri…along with their daughters Denise, Leda and her husband Todd Kubiak – with children Judah and Eloise, and Bethany and her husband Jonathan Hagans – with daughter Jubilee. GOD truly does GIVE BACK to those who put Him first. We love the MacPherson family!