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It was a family affair from beginning to end as Andy Nash was ordained to the gospel ministry at LifeSource Adventist Fellowship on Sabbath, July 6.
Supporters entered the sanctuary while parents of Andy Nash, Charles and Michelle Nash, played a piano prelude from the old youth songbook, Advent Youth Sing, stirring memories of his teenage years. His wife, Cindy Nash, opened with prayer and daughters Morgan, Ally, and Summer participated through Scripture reading and special music, sharing the song Reckless Love, an anthem to God about His constancy and love throughout life.
Ordained minister and father-in-law Charles Griffin gave the ordination address.
Gratefulness to God was evident throughout the service and came full circle at the end when Nash played Reckless Love on saxophone with voice and piano accompaniment.
In November of 2018, Nash was invited by the Rocky Mountain Conference to be full-time pastor at LifeSource, a calling, Nash saw as the “culmination of God’s leading. After many years of part-time pastoral ministry, I was grateful to Christ for the call to leave other nets and follow Him full-time,” Nash explained.
“This has to be a God thing,” Ed Barnett, RMC president, said many times during the interview process, “You have been a minister in the classroom. Now you will be a shepherd in pastoral ministry.”
"Before God led us to meet Andy Nash," said RMC VP for administration Eric Nelson, "He was already leading him. Today," he said, during the ordination service, "we are affirming what God has already affirmed."
His journey always included a ministry component. Although his major was in journalism, he minored in religion. He took graduate courses in theology while working toward his MA and included religious studies with his Ph.D. In fact, the happiest moments of his life were when he “saw someone coming to Christ. That,” he says,is ministry."
Andy Nash is not a newcomer to pastoral ministry. Before accepting the call to the Rocky Mountain Conference, he pastored the Southern Adventist Campus Church, called Connect. He also assisted in a church plant, New Creation Church.
For Andy Nash, biblical preaching is key and seeing the land of the Bible was an important experience in his life, strengthening his appreciation of Scripture. It was there in Israel that he baptized his daughters, Ally and Morgan, after he and wife Cindy studied the Bible with them beginning with the tree of life in Genesis and ending with the tree of life in Revelation.
“I take this calling very seriously and while I remain a sinful man, I seek to be a faithful disciple of Christ” Andy expressed.
In a Facebook comment, Kim Kennedy who attended the ordination, said "It was a blessing to be at your ordination ceremony. Your ministry has been and will continue to be anointed."
-- Carol Bolden with Rajmund Dabrowski; photos by Kim Kennedy (top) and Morgan Nash (last two)