Over eight months ago, we left a church we loved and I laid down my calling as a pastor in order to seek out what God had next for our family. It has been a difficult 8 months and we often have been tired from the waiting, from what seemed to be open doors that inexplicably shut, and from living in scarcity. Yet, even in the difficulty of these past months, God has been faithful and we have not only survived, but we have thrived through our transition.
I am excited to announce that this time of transition has finally came to a close. 20 years ago, in a freshman class at ORU, I heard the Lord say to me, “You are going to get a PhD”. 10 years ago, as I finished my masters degree at ORU, I started my journey toward getting my PhD believing that one day God would lead me back ORU. That day has arrived.
For the past several months I have been in talks with Dr. Mark Roberts, the new dean of the ORU Library, about joining his team. After months of waiting and unexpected challenges, last Friday things finally came together. On Monday morning I began a new career as a Faculty Librarian at ORU. I am so thankful to Dr. Roberts showing me favor in offering me this position. My primary job is to help the Theological Librarian acquire new scholarly books for ORU’s new PhD program that will begin soon. In addition, I will support other outstanding librarians and assist Dr. Roberts with the Holy Spirit Research Center. (In short, God gave me a job where I get to buy books and help students to do research on the Holy Spirit! How awesome is that!) This opportunity couldn’t be a better fit for me and I give God all the praise for making this happen.
In addition to this awesome development, during this transition time I have received several opportunities to share about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in several churches in the Tulsa area. I have been given opportunities to preach in Sunday services and have given several seminars on Holy Spirit in Wednesday night services, small groups and Young Adult groups and have seen God do some amazing things. God’s people are so hungry for solid teaching as well as authentic experiences with the Holy Spirit. Some of the talks I have given have been: Three experiences with the Holy Spirit, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Reasons you should pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus, and the nature of Spiritual gifts. In every session, the Holy Spirit has stirred up weary believers, filled hungry hearts, and truly brought times of refreshing and renewal to believers. Everything God has taught me through my education, writings, and ministry in the church are being used to help stir up a passion for Spirit-filled ministry in other churches. What an honor God has given to me to have these opportunities.
This is definitely a new season for the Isgrigg family. I am so thankful to God for his goodness. And thankful to those who have prayed for us and supported us during this time. I am especially thankful to God for a wife who was courageous enough to step out in faith and who has been my rock though it all. I still have one more goal to achieve, that is to finish my PhD. I am nearing the end and it is just in time. I am truly excited about my new season and what God has for me to do.