The young pastor, at least by my perspective, impressed me. Though only 34 years old, he had a maturity and wisdom about him that went beyond his chronological age.
The most surprising aspect of my conversation with him was his response to my basic question, "How long have you been pastor of this church?" I was stunned to hear him say, "I just celebrated my 10th anniversary."
This pastor came to the church out of college when he was 24 years old. He completed an online seminary degree in his tenure. And he had led the church from 75 in average attendance to 180.
His parting comment to me was most telling, "I hope God lets me stay here all my life."