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If you have been connected with life @ LifePoint these last 5 years, you know that change is a big part of our DNA. Growth always means change and change has a way of positioning us for new growth opportunities. As a local church family we have experienced tremendous growth in recent years, and as a result, change has abounded.
We have made some significant moves this summer to position our leadership team for the days ahead. Some of you are aware that of the families represented on our full-time staff, four of us have given birth to new babies this year (Caggiano’s, Murch’s, Cassese’s, and Saccenti’s) and one staff member has gotten married (‘Vanessa Ruff,’ now ‘Vanessa Lyon’). These exciting events have triggered a half-dozen staff transitions already this summer, all of them occurring in-house at LPC.
New mothers Jordann Cassese and Kristie Saccenti have both resigned their administrative positions to begin their respective journeys as full-time stay-at-home-moms. The admin staff has been soundly re-tooled with three amazing ladies taking on new roles. Junior high director Courtney Huskisson has replaced Kristie as the Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor, and Nursery Director Jennifer Hampton has taken on an expanded role, including the front desk and admin duties from Jordann. Legit, right? Just wait, there’s more. We have also added Audrey Rogers to the staff as the Family Life Administrator. Audrey is married to teaching-team member Demetrius (who is on staff at Western Seminary), and they have 3 super great kids. The Rogers have been at LPC a couple of years. Finally, Children’s Pastor Vanessa Lyon is embarking on a new challenge as she takes on a different portfolio this fall. Her duties will include missions/outreach and biblical literacy (overseeing classes and the Center for Leadership Development).
In-house transitions provide some significant benefits, but at times we need to look outside the LPC community to fill a specific need. This is where a guy named Michael Anderson comes in.
Michael and Allison Anderson have been married for 4 years and are raising two mighty little men named Judah (18 months) and Desmond (4 months). Michael has a B.A. in Practical Theology from Seattle Bible College and is looking forward to furthering his education at Western Seminary in the days ahead. For the last few years, he has served as the youth pastor at Inspire Church in the Skagit Valley.
Michael’s passions include being a Dad, reading various books, hobbies like golf and cycling, and living life as a die-hard…wait for it…Dallas Cowboys fan. His presence on the team is one more step in the direction of one of our main staff goals: having at least one super-fan for every NFL franchise on the payroll.
Michael joins the team as the Family Life Pastor. He will be working to equip parents and families to learn the gospel, live the gospel, and lead others to the gospel. His experience in working with families of all ages and dynamics, and his passion to see people plug in and grow in the local church will be major assets to our community. His presence triggers a shift in our current structure in Family Life Ministries. As the fall approaches, the pastoral oversight of Family Life (families with children in the nursery, kids, youth, or young adults ages) will look like this:
Michael Anderson: Family Life Pastor (overseeing birth-5th grade)
Drew Saccenti: Family Life Pastor (overseeing 6th-10th grade)
Sam Cassese: Family Life Pastor (overseeing 11th grade-youth adults)
We are very excited to welcome Michael, Allison, Judah, and Desmond into the LPC family. Be sure to tell him how great Tony Romo is when you meet him.