- Published on Monday, 23 January 2017 11:32
Well here it goes. Last night at the Summit Motorsports park banquet Jill and I were awarded the "2016 Guy and Girl of the Year" award. We were humbled and surprised to receive this award again as there are many people who do a lot of things that are very deserving of this award!
Thank you Bader family and all the SMP employees for this award but also for all you have done for us over the last 10 years. Thank you also for allowing us to be part of the family and being able to minister at the best racing facility anywhere!
It was also announced that we were retiring. I wanted to take a moment and clarify some things. First of all, I am not retiring from my day job as some thought and we are not completely retiring from our calling as RFC chaplains.
We started talking to Bill Bader Jr. at the Cavalcade race back in May about backing off on the commitment we have made as weekly track chaplains at SMP. There are many reasons for this. Most importantly we now have 8 grandchildren we would like to spend more time with. Secondly, the physical stretch of working 40+ hours a week at my regular job, trying to spend quality time with our family and keeping up with the daily requirements of home ownership has become at times overwhelming.
This was not a quick decision but something Jill and I have prayed about and discussed not only with the Baders but our RFC regional director and many of our local chaplain peers for the last two seasons.
Although we have not committed to any events for the 2017 season we do have to do at least 3 events to keep our RFC status good. Please know that we will continue to be RFC chaplains and have let the SMP staff and many of our racing families know that we will continue to be available if a need arises! Please do not hesitate to contact us. Once again thank you to the Bader family, all the RFC staff and our many racing families who have supported and encouraged us! We truly love and appreciate all of you!
This was not an easy decision, actually it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, it is however where we need to be at this point in our lives. May you all come to know of God's saving grace and a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior!