TenQ to Stephanie TanQ
Today we are celebrating your ministry with high schoolers at Fullerton Free. It may seem like it is ending, (and in some ways it is because you are stepping into a new role), but I don’t think it is a period. It is a comma – a pause. The effects of your ministry over the past few years will continue to impact life in the high school ministry for years to come.
I have had the privilege of working with some really smart, talented and godly people over the years – (including you). Most recently, I have had a front row seat at Fullerton Free (11 years tomorrow). I have had an epic vantage point to see more than one person minister to families and shepherd students yet one of the biggest blessings has been watching the door open wider and wider for women to model christlikeness for all our students.
You are one of the best high school pastors I have ever known. You have allowed God to work in and through you. His call on your life is so evident. You have brought legitimate depth and quality to a role that has been traditionally been championed by a different gender. You have validated the role of women in youth ministry while standing on the shoulders of some amazing colleagues and friends. You are a great team builder and you have gently pushed people to authenticity and integrity by yielding to the still small voice of the Lord. I have been blown away by watching your resilience and your strength of character even when people have tried to crush your spirit or the vision for the ministry. You have consistently elevated the Word and made much of Jesus while effectively loving students well. Thank you!
I am one of your biggest fans and I am so proud to have had a small part in supporting women in student ministry. Stephanie, you have done your job well while modeling a healthy marriage. I know it has not been easy but you have made it look like it is! I believe the Spirit will continue to define and refine your call and ministry.
I throw a shoe, snatch your wig, toss flowers, snap my fingers, clap, compliment, shout and whistle (or whatever other sign of respect is culturally relevant) for your outstanding work and exceptional ministry. May your tribe increase. May God bless your next ministries both to young adults and your baby girl beyond your wildest imagination! And may God get all the credit. Always.
PS I love you and I want to be like you when I grow up.