Kevin Vogt Installed as Lead Pastor for Community of Hope-Hastings
On Sunday, October 23rd, Pastor Kevin Vogt was installed as lead pastor for Community of Hope in Hastings, MN. Kevin writes the following:
“It seems God is serious about life-long transformation - at least for me anyway. Just when I ‘settle in’ and get comfortable hitting my stride in ministry, God has a way of rearranging my furniture. Let me explain: For the past three years I have been involved in a life-changing ministry called Centershot where we use the life-skill of archery to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It has been a remarkable journey that has allowed me to train hundreds of church leaders around the country (soon to be the world) to use this tool. Through that we have heard many stories about people coming to saving faith in Jesus! It has been a challenging, exciting, laborious, and joyful experience as God continues to mold and shape me as His son and as a leader.
But apparently He isn’t finished. After several conversations with Rev. Per Nilsen (ARC member and senior pastor at North Heights Lutheran Church and Community of Hope - Rosemount, I realized that God was about to use me in another way. Community of Hope planted a second campus in October 2010 in Hastings, MN, which has been led by Rev. Ryan Kowlessar (Ryan and I attended seminary together and graduated in 2005 from The Master’s Institute). For the past several months Ryan was feeling like he had done what had been needed and felt a change in leadership was best for this young church. To make a long story short, on October 16th we celebrated Ryan’s ministry and on October 23rd I was installed as the new campus pastor of Community of Hope-Hastings. Ryan has worked diligently over the past two years and I have inherited an amazing core group of leaders. I also have the honor of once again working with a great partner and another fellow Master’s Institute alum, Scott Boecker as he and his wife DeAnn lead the Children’s Ministry team.
Community of Hope’s vision is to bring the Good News of Jesus to 1,000,000 unchurched people every 20 years and our goal will be to continue to push that vision out into the Hastings community by investing in the lives of people in the name of our Savior.”
Congratulations to Kevin, and his family, as they embark on this new adventure in their lives! Great to have you in the ARC, Kevin!