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Living Springs Riverdale

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14500 S. Clark Street
Riverdale, IL

  • 9:00am – Sunday School
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Pastor Ann: surprised by God’s call

Living Springs Riverdale and Living Springs Glenwood are both part of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Last month, our own Pastor Ann was featured in an article on the RCA’s website. The article was titled “6 Women Surprised by God’s Call,” and Pastor Ann was one of those six women. The link will take you to the full article, and we’re reprinting Pastor Ann’s section here:
 

Ann Bilbrew
Church planter/senior pastor of Living Springs Riverdale Ministry Center

Bilbrew had a few choice words when God started calling: “Absolutely not, Jesus.” She had plenty of excuses. She was happily employed as a legal social worker. She had young children. She had limited finances. “I ran from ministry for ten years, until one day in church God said, ‘Stop running and go to seminary.’ And he made it happen.”

Even so, Bilbrew thought maybe she’d end up in women’s ministry or as an assistant pastor. Not in church planting. But by planting a church and serving as its senior pastor, she’s become more aware of the importance of authentic faith and community outreach. She’s also been able to use her social work background to help people who have been hurt by the church.

“The world is thirsty for authentic, compassionate worship and care. To be in a place where I can love people unconditionally—that’s a tremendous blessing.”

Amen!