MEET DANIEL LEE AND MICHELLE GRITTER
Two years ago. Dan and John met for the first time at Ambrose. The music that day was very well done. So much so, that after the service John went up to the young worship/music leader and jokingly said, ‘I’m going to be starting a new church and would like you to sign a contract to be our worship leader’. John says, “At first, he thought I was serious, and then he laughed and thanked me for the encouragement.”
Little did John know how prophetic that joke would be. What’s even more amazing is how God works. John emailed Dan on a faint hope. Dan’s first thought evidently was quick ‘no’. But he didn’t. And then through a whole series of providential affirmations on his side — along with a few good conversations with John— he said, ‘yes’!
A student at Ambrose University, Dan is studying behavioural sciences to better understand and see God in and through his relationships and interactions with others. Dan plays guitar and bass and has studied under local guitarist and music producer, Cory Bitner. Daniel is passionate about music, people, and worshiping the Lord not only in song, but through every aspect of our daily lives.
As Dan’s story was playing out, God was also inviting Michelle Gritter to play a crucial part.
One of the big challenges for John in taking on a .75 FTE position was filling the .25 preaching gap in a way that maintains a continuous sense of voice and vision. Meet Michelle Gritter – who just happens to have planted a church herself, and is a very strong leader and communicator, and totally ‘gets’ the God-everywhere vision!
Michelle is a trained family therapist who now practices in Calgary. She’s an adjunct professor at Providence Seminary in the Master of Psychology program and helps teach practicum courses for student therapists. She teaches about marriage and family, child and adolescent psychology, the psychology of aging, and a course on the integration of theology and psychology.
John spoke to Michelle about her talks and how she could turn them into sermons, saying “If all good family systems truth is God’s good family systems truth then this could be a very cool way to take the God-everywhere vision to the next level.”
The more they spoke about the idea the more real it became for both of them. What better way to help a group of disparate people coalesce around a new communal vision?
We are excited and looking forward to worshipping with Dan and Michelle in the months and years to come. God is Good Indeed!