Family: The Christy household at 655 Hickory Drive in Wayland is just my wife Amy and myself. We have a Shepherd/Lab mix dog named Bella who thinks she is a lap dog when really she is too big. Our youngest is Coleton and he just turned 24 in 2016. He is currently looking for a job in the area of mechatronics. Our two daughters are married. Courtney is our middle child and she is married to Curtis White and they live in Coopersville with their Weimaraner (Maya). Our oldest, Amanda, is Voice of Hope’s current (2015) Family Ministries Director and is married to Joe Roper. They live in Grandville. They have two sons currently (Jan.2016) Pearce who is four-years-old and Reid who is two years old. They also have a Bulldog mix named Pippa.
I have one sister three years younger named Katy. My Mom and Dad live in West Bend, Wisconsin as do my sister and her three daughters: Karlee, Kari, and Kelsey. Amy has four brothers and a sister who all live within 30 minutes of the Grand Rapids area. Through them we have many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews because Amy was the baby of the family.
Favorite Foods: I love Venison steak and chops, sausage, sausage sticks and jerky. I also really like Rib Eye beef steaks, Pizza Hut Pizza (hand-tossed Meat Lover’s or Super Supreme) and Hungry Howies deluxe with sesame seed crust. Amy’s white chili and taco pie are amazing and I really like spinach and most kinds of fruit. I drink fruit juice, Coke, and Mello Yello and occasionally a Labatts Blue non-alcoholic beer.
Previous Employment: I worked as a farm hand for several summers during High School, worked with a company that did exterior home construction one Summer, worked as a roofer two Summers, delivered Porta-Johns for Plummer’s one Summer, worked as a Carpenter’s Assistant for almost three years, delivered Domino’s pizza for three months, played in two wedding bands over four years one called “Rough Cut” the other called “Back Roads.” I did internships while attending Western Theological Seminary at Rose Park Reformed church in Holland, Open Door Reformed church in Dorr, and a full year internship at First Reformed church in Hull, Iowa. I was the Senior Pastor of Conklin Reformed Church (my first Call) for 13 years, then served as Pastor of Worship and Outreach at Westend Christian Reformed church for 6 years.
A book that has inspired you and why: It is really hard to choose a book other than the Bible, but there are several books that have had a significant influence on me. The top three probably would be “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell, “Finishing Strong” by Steve Farrar, and “The Green Letters: Principles of Spiritual Growth” by Miles J. Stanford. All three have influenced how I live, how I do ministry, and my vision for the future.
Verse in the Bible that has been significant: Narrowing this down is extremely difficult. I guess my “life verse” would be Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” A close second are Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to the will of God.” (NRSV)
A truth about God that amazes you: Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 5:13-15 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him.” I can’t read those verses without continually saying, “Wow!”
The reason you love Voice of Hope: The people care. They seek to remove any and all barriers to people coming to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and becoming part of our fellowship. I also love the high percentage of people willing to volunteer and serve!
When did God open your eyes to Him: When I was a Sophomore in High School I attended a Christian music festival called “Icthus” in Wilmore, Kentucky and the speaker’s name was Bob Laurent. That night I re-dedicated my life to the Lord and was never the same. From that point on I have tried to live like Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I have not always succeeded, but the goal was there from that moment on.