John Childers is a relational leader. He and Deborah have been sharing their lives with young leaders for over thirty years. I first met them when they were youth ministers at Elmwood Church in Columbia, S.C. in the late 1970s. I will never, ever forget the General Assembly of 1980. John's youth choir represented South Carolina and Steve Black's youth choir represented Alabama. Most people thought that the highly talented, Lee University influenced youth choir of Steve Black would win National Teen Talent, but they didn't. Steve took second place to the students from Elmwood. To this day, Steve Black feels he should have won, but oh well, the judges felt otherwise. South Carolina beat Alabama that day ... let's hope that they can win on the football field next time too.
Back to the purpose of this blog post. John and Deborah have served the denomination their entire lives and I truly believe that they have the Spirit of Caleb. Their recent work in World Missions has re-ignited a fire in them to reach the world for Christ.
Some may say that John is a "career politician" ... but I don't see it that way. He has given his life to building relationships with people in our movement and I believe that He can maximize those relationships to help move us forward.
We do need younger leaders but don't discount "Spirit of Caleb" leaders as you vote at this year's General Assembly.