and now for something completely different

January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments

This morning, I begin my last week as a pastor at Pathways Church. Next Sunday morning, I will teach in our morning service and then watch the Super Bowl as the first former staff member of Pathways.

We have been blessed in our time at Pathways — from helping to shape some of the earliest dreams, to connecting with people in the community, to our first Sunday gathering and on. The blessings continue as Pathways is going to continue to support us in the coming months while we lay the groundwork to begin a new adventure in forming a faith community.

Many have asked if I am sad about our time at Pathways coming to an end. Yes, and not yet. This has been the plan since we first moved to the Seattle area, so we have lived in anticipation of it. But, what we value most is the relationships we have in Pathways, and we will continue to be a part of the community in the next few months as we will stay here while I finish up school this spring. So the sweet sorrow of parting is not upon us yet.

What’s next? That’s a good question, and one we are eager to explore. We strongly considered moving to Austin before coming to Seattle, and that is where we are directing our dreams now. We’ve been having great conversations with others about what that might look like, and I’m excited to share more as things take shape.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your church closing. I see you are considering coming to Austin. If you do, please look me up when you get here and I will be happy to buy you lunch! If I can help with that transition, let me know.

  • Tony,
    Thanks for the comment. Pathways isn’t closing! I came as the associate and as a planter in residence of sorts, so Pathways is actually having a baby.

    I’m going to be down there once or twice this spring…I’d love to connect with you. I’ll be in touch.

  • Zach

    blessings to the chandler crew. maybe if dean grows his mullet back, you’ll stay, right?

  • Donna

    John & Sherri, may God be with you in your future adventures. Thank you for your wonderful part in getting Pathways “birthed”, and I have no doubt that wherever you end up, many new souls will be won to Christ because of your work. I’ll be following every step of the way by way of your blog.


  • Blessings, my friend. You and the rest of the Chandler clan will be in our thoughts and prayers. We feel where you are at – transition can be a tough and unsettling time. Thanks for the mutual encouragement you’ve been to us in our time to transition.


  • OOoo, totally move to Austin! Actually, Seattle I’m sure has more ministry opportunities, I just like Texas (seeing as I live in Dallas).

    I forget how I found your blog, but I’ve been reading it for a month or so. Good stuff.

  • Hey John,

    As someone who is in the process of planting a church in Colorado, I wish you all the best in your upcoming adventure. It’s one crazy heck of a ride, but it’s been great.

    You could always come back to Colorado…

  • John… I happened upon your blog, and although I don’t know you (except that you’re a counseling student (right?), and that’s enough to make us brothers!), but I wanted to tell you that I appreciate your courage and anticipation of what Christ has in store for you guys in the Kingdom. No doubt, it’ll be more than any of us could have imagined. Thanks for offering your heart.

  • John and Sheri,

    Beau and I have had you on our hearts many times lately. I came across your blog through the Coffey’s in Mesa. I still keep up with them and Jeremy and Michelle from time to time. We are excited to hear about the Kingdom work you will be doing in Austin. Texas is a great place to live. We were laughing after 7 years at how God brings people around to help you appreciate the ones that tolerated you in your zeal without knowlegde years. We laughed at our foolishness as well.
    Things are well in Joplin. We have been in High School Youth Ministry at College Heights CC for a little over five years and we still feel like we should be interns! Congratulations on your family. We will keep up with you through your blogs. You can reach us at

    P.S. “Are you a Mow Fan?” Now for something completely different?