Let everything that has breath praise the Lord,
For he is rich in mercy
And has made us spiritually alive in Christ!
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you (Romans 15:7).
Last Monday your church staff welcomed its newest employee, Doug Megill. Doug will be serving as our first-ever Executive Director. I’ve paraphrased the opening paragraph of the job description, circulated in January, to remind you of what the position entails: in light of the increasing scope and size of Stone Hill Church, the church leadership has created the position of Executive Director, who will serve as our chief operating officer. The Director will oversee the organizational structure of the church, developing the administrative aspects of ministry, office, and staff in a spiritually healthy, gospel-centered way.
I’ve asked Doug to introduce himself:
As Stone Hill’s Executive Director, I am excited to oversee the nuts and bolts services that enable the church to serve effectively. By way of background, I am a physician, recently retired as a hospital administrator. Hospitals and churches are both typically non-profit organizations that serve their communities. I’ve found I enjoy the administrative aspects of making such service effective.
This church and I go way back, too far back for most of you to know me. I joined Westerly Road Church while an undergraduate at Princeton in the 1970s. After being away for medical school, my wife and I returned in 1979 and again became active in Westerly before relocating to western Pennsylvania in 1990.
Laura and I met as Princeton undergraduates. Next month we’ll celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. Together we’ve raised four children. Matt is a missionary doctor serving in West Africa. Rebecca has taught high school English but now is home caring for her first child. She lives with her husband in Falls Church, VA. Many of you know Anna, our younger daughter, who serves in the PEF and is active here at Stone Hill. Daniel, our youngest, is a Finance Manager with Samaritan’s Purse who has served in the Congo and South Sudan.
Laura has pursued many interests, particularly entrepreneurship and education. She and I have loved and followed this church while living away. We’re delighted to rejoin you in making disciples in Princeton and around the world.