Welcome from Pastor Brad

Greetings Friends!
It is a blessing and a joy not only to introduce myself as your pastor, but to begin this journey of ministry and spiritual community together. My name is Bradley Schutt and on behalf of my family, which includes my wife Erin and our two daughters, 5 year old Brynn and 6 year old Emma, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the warm welcome you have already given us to Bridgeville and Union Church. I wanted to take this space to introduce myself and share some of my hopes and dreams for what, Lord willing, will be many years of ministry ahead.
 
I was born and raised in lower Delaware, outside of Millsboro to be exact. I graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2005, the University of Delaware in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and finally from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. July 1st marks my ten-year anniversary in pastoral ministry, a time which has included two annual conferences, three states, and serving three churches before arriving here. Although I began my pastoral career in this annual conference, I was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in 2015 and finally ordained a Full Elder in our annual conference in 2019.
 
My wife Erin and I met at the University of Delaware early in her senior year and what would be the second of my three years at the college. We were Resident Assistants in neighboring freshmen residence halls and both active in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  In pursuing her career in Student Affairs in Higher Education we moved up to Pennsylvania, where we had both of our daughters. Once Brynn was born we quickly realized we needed more help with two small children, so we were blessed with an available church for me to be appointed to in our conference and Erin interviewed and accepted a position at Delaware Technical Community College late in the Spring of 2015.
 
After reading and hearing about the many incredible ministries and missions Union Church carries out within its walls and especially out in the community, I look forward to doing my best to support and keep up with all of you. Although I am appointed to serve the church as its pastor and leader, accepting the responsibility and authority that comes with it, I believe that the church both is and belongs to the people. That’s you. As much as I am here to serve and be obedient to God, I also see myself as serving and supporting you in the good that is happening now and the more we can do together.
 
Any success I have in ministry is not of me, but is of God in God’s mercy working through me. As Jesus says in John 12:26, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be” (NIV). In the same way, although the church is the congregation and the people that make it up, ultimately it is God’s. If I serve and care for you, and you all serve and care for each other and all the people in our community we can, God will be both made known and glorified. As it says in Mark 10:43, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (NIV). I looked forward to our shared work of supporting one another in faith and pushing the Kingdom of God forward together in this world where it is so desperately needed.
 
In Joyful Anticipation,
Pastor Brad

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