Hello family and friends! We are writing from our nation’s capital in Washington DC. Lauren has safely arrived and we are getting settled into our place. We live near an area called Eastern Market and are about an eight-minute walk from our church. God has blessed us with an amazing place with a great landlady. We also went through our first snowstorm as you can see below and even got to go sledding down the actual Capitol Hill.
(This is Anthony sledding on Capitol Hill)
As most of you know by now, I have been accepted into the five-month pastoral internship program at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and am interning full-time until May 31st. The internship is under Dr. Mark Dever who wrote a popular book called Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He received his PH D in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. You can read more about him from wikipedia here. I have a passion for the study of the church (ecclesiology) so learning under Dever is a great opportunity. This internship will include lots of reading and writing on the nature of what the church is, how it should function, and the role of pastors. I will be writing up to 80 papers. If you want to see what I am reading you can take a look from my Goodreads account by clicking here.
As much as we miss you all in Miami, we are grateful that God has brought us to this place. I believe this training and experience will make me a better pastor. Please continue to pray for us as we decide what to do in the summer and fall. Lauren has already been accepted to a couple graduate programs and we are praying for her to get a scholarship.
(Caleb, one of the other interns, helping us shovel snow to get to our car)
If you want to come and visit please let us know! We don’t have a big place but we have a queen size blow up mattress and great location. Please don’t forget our friends Shephathiah (and Natalie Leonard w/baby Malachi) as Sheph leads Christ Fellowship Miami Beach.
We personally want to say thank you to everyone who has supported and prayed for us. We love you all very much and are grateful that you believe in the calling on our lives for the sake of the church and the glory of God.
Anthony and Lauren
711 North Carolina Ave SE
Washington DC 20003
Line of the week: Me: "Why do you support so many past interns and members?" Mark Dever: "We want God's Kingdom to win Anthony. It's not about Capitol Hill Baptist Church. We could cease to exist tomorrow & that would be okay. It's about what God is doing in the world."