[Getting to Know You is a monthly series, featuring an interview with the Weekly Word devotional contributors. This month’s interview is with Nelson Poynter.]
Tell us a bit about your family.
I have a beautiful wife, Christiana, and two lovely daughters, Olivia, 23, and Allison, 16.
What church do you attend and in what ministry areas do you serve?
Currently we are on a sabbatical of sorts. We are in a season of rest and healing at Post Road Christian Church and looking forward to opportunities to serve there in the future. In the past, we both have served in many areas in the church. I have served as Elder, Small Group Leader, Preacher, and Teacher in various churches and Chris has served in women’s and children’s ministries.
What are your hopes for future ministry?
My hope is to serve as a pastor where I can use and grow my spiritual gifts in order to grow the church from within and from the outside. I love to teach, preach, visit the sick, and comfort the broken-hearted. I see it as an opportunity to share the love of Christ with as many as I can in practical and applicable ways.
Where are you receiving education and training for ministry?
I am currently a first year, full-time student at Capital Seminary and Graduate School, pursuing my Master of Divinity degree.
What are hobbies and things you like to do for fun?
I love to walk, hike, listen to, play, and compose music as well as read, write, and reflect on many things often.
Do you have a favorite band or type of music?
My musical pallet is broad; covering many areas such as: Jazz, Classical, World, Progressive, Irish Folk, Surf Music, Hymns and Rock from Buddy Holly to Boston.
Other than the Bible, what book has had a great effect on your Christian life?
There are several that fall into this category. Picking one, I would say The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
What passage of Scripture has impacted you most in this season of your life?
Again, several fall into this area for many reasons, but I would say The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
How can people be supporting you in prayer?
You can be praying for me in that I would have obedience, passion, focus, and purpose in my studies, my home, and where ever the Lord may place me for the sake of His Name.