We are happy to announce the hiring of our new Worship Pastor, Andy Ulrich! Thank you for your faithful prayers over the past few months. God was very gracious to us in the process and in many ways it went about as well as we hoped.
Since I last wrote to you, Andy became our top candidate which resulted in him and his family visiting Foothills August 3-5. We were able to have him interact with elders, staff and worship volunteers. Also, they came to church as a family and were able to participate in our gathering. Afterward, Andy mentioned how much they enjoyed Foothills, how warm a church body it is, and that “this is the type of church we’d be excited to invite friends to.”
Andy comes to us with many years of experience leading worship. He has led worship in small and large churches, for established churches and church plants, for startup student ministry programs and for Cru conferences with over 1,000 students. Along the way, while part of a church plant, Andy became an Ordained Minister in the Southern Baptist Convention. Andy loves Jesus and has a heart for worship ministry. It jumped off the page when he first inquired of the position and communicated, “My passion is to see God glorified and His people engage Him in passionate worship rooted in spirit and in truth. I firmly believe that worship, in addition to glorifying God, is one of the most important discipleship tools in the church today.” We are excited to have him lead us in this!
On a personal note, Andy was born and raised in Spokane, currently residing in Cheney, Washington, a city of roughly 10,000 people. He & wife Kate have been married 12 years & have three kids: Gracie (9), Sadie (6), and Judah (4). They are in process of packing up their belongings, selling their house, and saying good-bye to family and friends in order to move to our community. They will be with us by the end of September.
Obviously, please be in prayer for them as they have many tasks to complete to get here including finding housing in a very limited market. Also, be in prayer that Foothills would be a place where they plant their roots deep, where they are loved, and where their faith grows.