Welcome! I'm Pastor Rich Saunders, Lead Pastor here at TR Naz. I was the pastor to students and families (CrossFire Student Ministries) for over 10 years before being called to serve as lead at the start of July 2019. Time has surely, and certainly, flown by and what a crazy, but exciting, transition this has been!
My wife, Tracey, who serves as leader of our Sunday morning Praise & Worship Team, and I have been married since June 18th of 2005 and have 4 kids: two boys, men now, who are grown and married (the oldest and his wife have two beautiful little girls) and another boy, in middle school here in Three Rivers, and our daughter, and youngest, who will be joining her brother at the middle school in the Fall of 2019.
This church is our "home church", meaning this is the first church we have attended as a couple, and the first church I have ever attended in my life. We started coming to TR Naz in late 2004 seeking hard to make changes in our life for the better. This church is where I "found Jesus" (He was never hiding from me) and became a believer, accepting Christ as my Savior and repenting of my sins. It's also where I asked to be completely filled with His Spirit (sanctification) and where I was also called into church ministry (Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 1, 2009). To say I've had some experiences here would be a humongous understatement!
It is an honor and privilege to be made useful by our Creator and to be allowed to come alongside this church family as they travel on the journey of faith. I am grateful to have been able to impact so many and thankful so many have been able to impact me. We truly are a family here and always looking to add more to our number!
I like to think of Sunday as "Reunion Sunday," where we get to see each other, share our successes and our struggles, and learn and grow together. I look forward to seeing you here at the next reunion!
God bless and Christ on,
Pastor Rich (PR)