Steady and Loyal Wins the Race

As I approach the seventh anniversary of my coming to Richmond, I am aware that pastoring requires steadiness, and loyalty to the people God calls into the community of faith.

Rev. Joe Cobb

During my Renewal, I have had occasion to muse and pray about this pastor-to-congregation relationship, and also to celebrate the faithfulness of others. 

Just last weekend, Jonathan and I drove to Hampton Roads to share in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Reg Richburg, Pastor or New Life MCC. We have cherished Reg, and beautiful Suzie, since our New York MCC days, and are thrilled ministry brings Reg to Virginia.

And this Sunday, I am driving to Roanoke to participate in the installation of Rev. Joe Cobb as Pastor of MCC of the Blue Ridge. Joe is a newer friend, but already very dear to me.

Rev. Reg Richburg

Both congregations have gone through some struggles in the past few years, but they remained faithful. I believe God is blessing them with Reg and Joe.

I am so grateful that when the going got tough in Richmond a few years ago, Jesus (and some good folks at MCC) helped me and many others to stay, and for still others to come. We have shared in great joys and challenges, and continue to do so. 

And I am glad to share ministry with Reg and Joe (and others, too).

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

3 thoughts on “Steady and Loyal Wins the Race”

  1. I’m grateful that when the going got tough a few years ago that you stayed, too. It not only helped you grow, it helped us grow and deepened our love and respect for each other. I’ve missed you and looking forward to seeing you on June 6.

  2. Elaine, as you know, God is always giving us the opportunity to grow–as faithful members of the community and as individuals. It is one of the greatest gifts we receive, even when sometimes it seems hard.
    I am missing you, too, and I will be overjoyed to see you on June 13 (not the 6th, though I am tempted!).

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