FORTY
YEARS


Pastor Bob Grenier

CALVARY CHAPEL VISALIA



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Though I’ve been here for almost 40 years, I’ve been in full-time Christian ministry since February 12, 1973. That’s about 45 years ago this October 2017. I’m now 70 years old and my how quickly time does fly. I know I have made so many mistakes over the years, that I’m in a perfect position to not cause trouble in the Church but to do a better job of pastoring God’s people. I know you can learn from your mistakes, and I’ve made plenty of them over the years, and I think I’ve learned a few basic lessons about following Christ and serving Him as a pastor.

I’m aware that I don’t have that many years left on this planet, but I can honestly say I’m as excited and encouraged about the days ahead as I was when I first arrived here. In fact, one of the constant concerns I have is how much we need the Lord in our lives and this land of ours. I’m old enough to be able to look back and to see the slow but sure moral deterioration of our country. Christianity is not as popular as it was 30 to 40 years ago. But, none of that matters to me in the sense that Gayle Grenier and I have a job to do, and I’m so happy and thrilled to be privileged to be a pastor.

We have an excellent Church body with many elders and deacons whom I serve alongside. I believe that we are living in the last days and that Jesus could come for His church at any moment. If Christ does not come in my lifetime, then we hope to finish well, and to cross the finish line like Paul did, having kept the faith, and fought the good fight and my race is not quite over yet. But it will be someday, and I think of heaven many times a day, and more and more each day. What a glorious future I have in Christ.

Would I do it all over again? And the answer is simple. Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat. The reason Gayle Grenier and I came here, to begin with, is because we believed with all our hearts that God not only called me to be a pastor, but He called Gayle and myself to this beautiful city known as Visalia, California. In fact, If God called us out of here, we believe we would respond with a “let’s go for it, Lord.” But, we do not think that will happen. We are thrilled to serve Him here at this Church in Visalia and can see ourselves serving Him just as long as He gives us the strength, ability, and health to do so.

I’m no longer a man with anything to prove (40 years will do that to you) to anyone else or myself. I’m very settled in what it is to be a pastor, and am so happy and honored to be able to pastor. I love teaching the Word of God. I also love discipling people one on one and love teaching larger groups of men, like our men’s ministry. I have a firm belief that the Book of Acts is God’s blueprint or outline for what a Church that Jesus envisions. We are praying and fasting and working hard to drive in the lanes that are laid out for us in the Book of Acts.

I have no idea of what God will do with our ministry. I believe that in these dark days, though we may never see another national revival before the Lord returns. We can have individual revivals day by day, and we can have portions of our Church body revived day by day, and perhaps even our entire body being energized and living for Christ with hearts and lives completely surrendered to Him. Not perfect people, but people who are at the complete disposal of Jesus Christ.

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