Greetings and Peace to you all,
My name is Charles Wilson. Those closest to me call me Chip. I want all of you at Abiding Presence to know that I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve you and the community starting this fall.
I am a native of Houston with deep ties to the San Antonio area. I am a lover of music, especially when it comes to karaoke; sports especially football and wrestling; fighting for social justice through the political system; writing when inspired and basking in the glory of creation, especially when I have the opportunity to camp or lounge on the beach. I’m a social guy who loves great food and experiencing new cultures, so I really believe my transition to living in San Antonio will be exciting.
Growing up Baptist and the nephew of a Pastor, I learned about God’s calling for us as humans in the world at a young age. I have been licensed and ordained in the Baptist church. However, because I believe that God’s grace and love for all people is the message we should share, I left the Baptist church and became Lutheran almost seven years ago. The movement of the Holy Spirit has taken me to places that I would have never imagined and given me calls that I could never have dreamed. I believe that my call to your community is another movement of the Spirit to take both Abiding Presence and myself to greater heights. Paul reminds us that God will always make provisions for the callings he gives us. In Romans 8, he reminds us that not only is the Spirit interceding for us, but that God also justifies and equips us so that we are able to do more than we could ever hope or dream.
I ask you all to pray for me that I may hear what is needed in the life of Abiding Presence. I ask you to pray that we continue to be given the path to grow in wisdom, love and understanding so that are able to share the love of God and care for all of creation. Lastly, I ask you to pray that we are blessed with restless discomfort about easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that we may grow to be and understand all that God would have us to in our lives.
Have faith in all that you do,
Charles Bradley Wilson