Pastor Dustin Aagaard

The Big 4-0!

Pastor John is out of town, which means I get to write about whatever I want while the boss is away.

So, I want us to celebrate Pastor John. There are four significant things currently taking place worth celebrating:

  1. October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
  2. This year is Pastor John’s 10th anniversary at Journey Christian Church.
  3. November 3rd is Pastor John’s birthday.
  4. The big one is that this month Pastor John is celebrating 40 years of serving as a Pastor in the local church. 40 years in ministry!!! Come on, somebody, that’s incredible! That’s news worth celebrating.

If you have not had a chance to watch this week’s Midweek Conversation, I encourage you to go watch it as we share some stories and some laughs about our fearless leader, Pastor John. You may click here to watch.

The most recent survey shows that in the United States, one out of every 20 pastors will retire as a pastor. Meaning, lasting forty years in ministry is extremely difficult. Thriving as a pastor for 40 years is unbelievable and is so worth celebrating. Pastor John has beaten the odds.  Over the past 40 years, Pastor John has led in an exemplary fashion. Pastor John is a healthy and consistent leader and pastor. God gave Journey a gift when He gave us Pastor John.

Journey family, let’s praise God and thank Pastor John for his decades of faithfulness to the gospel.

If Pastor John has ever blessed you, encouraged you, ministered to you, or helped you in your faith Journey in any way, would you mind writing a note to thank him for his service? You can send the note by mail or drop it off at the church Monday through Thursday or on Sunday at one of our services, or you can reply to this email and write to him there.

You can mail the card to: Journey Christian Church, 1965 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703


Pastor John,

Thank you for being faithful to your calling into ministry.

Thank you for being a healthy and consistent leader.

Thank you for being a loving and compassionate pastor.

Thank you for the way you love, serve, and lead Journey.


Journey is better because of you.

Our world is better because of you.

Heaven is bigger because of you.


Because of you, many people can also say that they, too, are loving the Journey.

On behalf of the many people that you have impacted over the past 40 years, thank you!


Dustin Aagaard