Restore Elder Apprenticeship
Sunday February 1 is a huge day in the life of Restore Church! After much prayer and planning we are launching a 16 month elder apprenticeship with Charles Bovan. In the nearly 3 years Charles has walked with Restore he has shown himself to be a godly, gifted, growing, and teachable man who clearly reflects 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Charle’s wife Sarah (married at The Post Office in September 2013!) works at the new CareNet Center in Detroit. The Bovans have a deep love for Christ, the church, and this great city. Thank you Lord for sending Charles and Sarah to us!
You can read their story below as well as forward to the 4:00 mark of the video below to hear a few words from Charles.
I was born and raised in Saginaw, MI. My spiritual upbringing involved attending church. (Ironically, both a Baptist and Catholic church- at the same time!) I always believed in God, but I did not have a personal relationship with Him. After college, I moved to the Detroit area. It was while living here that I began attending a ministry, Bible Study Fellowship, which I became involved in for the next thirteen years. It was through this ministry that I came to understand what it meant to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sarah grew up on the other side of the state in Grand Rapids, MI. In classic west Michigan style, she was in a conservative Christian home. Being surrounded by the Christian faith at home, school and church, Sarah grew in her relationship with God through her early teens. Even though she always understood the gospel, it wasn’t until her mid-teens that Sarah fully grasped the depth of grace when she came face to face with the depth of her own sin. It was easy to deceive herself and others into believing she was a, “good Christian girl”, while ignoring sins of the heart. It was during this time that God penetrated her heart with the fullness of the gospel, grace and her need for repentance. In 2006, Sarah followed God’s calling to move to Detroit and enter full-time ministry among urban youth in Highland Park.
Sarah and I initially met at the church I was attending at the time. While dating, we heard about Restore Church. We decided to visit and were immediately drawn in by the solid Biblical teaching as well as the mission of the church to glorify God in the community by living out the gospel through discipleship. God used Restore to grow our relationship with Him as well as strengthen our relationship with each other as we walked it out in community. It also gave us opportunity to grow in ministry together. In fall of 2013, we were married at the post office (or the empty lot next door to be more exact ☺). We currently live about two miles from the church building and feel God calling us to make a long term investment in Detroit.
I look forward to what the Lord will reveal through the apprenticeship training. I believe it will be a fruitful process of training, discipleship and seeking the Lord’s direction.