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Members from every church in his district – Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, Upton, and Newcastle – gathered for Chuck Gadway’s ordination December 8, some even coming from Lakewood Fellowship where he previously pastored. A woman who wanted to talk about baptism and who had never before attended his church came the day of his ordination after listening to him online for months.
There was much affirmation of his ministry that day.
“Chuck’s ordination was very spirit-filled,” said Eric Nelson, who gave the ordination address. “A lot of close, personal ties were evident among the people who attended. They were wonderfully affirming of his ministry.”
Gadway credits his mother’s prayers, his father’s mentorship, and the inspiration of Ron Halvorsen, Sr., an evangelist who left his life as a New York gang member and led thousands to baptism, for instilling in him a desire to bring people to Jesus.
Gadway planted Lakewood Fellowship in Colorado as a lay pastor with his wife, Rhonda, before being called to pastor the Northeast Wyoming District in 2016. “We owe a huge deal of gratitude to the Rocky Mountain Conference,” said Gadway “for calling us into full-time ministry.”
During his time as a pastor, Gadway has battled cancer and has been instrumental in bringing many people to Jesus, including medical personnel from his cancer care.
“We are still in awe,” Gadway added about his ordination, “and ask ourselves, ‘Who are we that God should bless us so much to have the kind of churches we have and to have the blessings God gives us--our work with the conference, the support of our churches. It’s just hard to imagine that God condescends to give us those kinds of blessings and allows us to work with Him.’”
“Chuck loves people,” expressed Eric Nelson, RMC VP for administration. “It was very evident that the people in the district love Pastor Chuck and Rhonda very much and they will miss him greatly,” Nelson said.
Nelson’s comment referred to Gadway’s call to pastor the Mount Vernon Church in Ohio, which Gadway has accepted. “If it was up to me,” Gadway explained, “I would stay in Colorado, “but I can’t let my personal choices get in the way [of God’s will].
-- Carol Bolden; photo by Gabriela Anca Vincent