When we moved to the Tampa area after Hurricane Katrina uprooted us from our final semester at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, we knew we wanted to get connected quickly to a body of like believers. We found a wonderful home at First Baptist Temple Terrace. Pastor Jeff was a wonderful leader and a Godly man, and as volunteers in the children’s department we had the opportunity to fall in love with his precious little girls- and his whole family. But not too long ago, God called them to a new place of service. Trusting in His wonderful timing, our church joined together to pray for a new leader, a pastor, a shepherd, a man of integrity whom we could follow with confidence.
Today, we celebrated God’s provision in calling a new man to lead, a man to cast vision and to walk this journey with us as we desire to reach our community and the world.
What an incredible day of worship it was… you could truly say we were standing in the presence of our Heavenly Father!
Here are some of the highlights of the installation service for Pastor Paul Purvis.
Mayor Affrontis and his wife, bearing gifts, welcomed Pastor Paul to Temple Terrace.
Pastor Paul’s wife, Kimberly
Dr. Jonny Hunt, mentor to Pastor Paul, brought a powerful message that both inspired and challenged!
Glanced across the aisle during the message and saw this….one of the many reasons I love our church. Young and old, from all nationalities coming together to worship.
One of the most tender moments of the morning, in my eyes. During the invitation, Kimberly came to pray and embrace her husband. Can’t wait to get to know this couple and to serve alongside them!
The service ended with a time of prayer for Pastor Paul, Kimberly and their precious family.
If you are ever in need of a place to worship, to feel loved and accepted and to hear the beauty of the message of Jesus, I invite you to join us! I’m confident you won’t leave the same!
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”