The move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been filled with wonderful surprises for Chad and Katie Mullinix.
The Mullinixes are not new to Florida. They both graduated from Clearwater Christian College. They met in college. During their years of dating, they came to know the Reformed faith through the ministry of a local Presbyterian Church in America congregation. After graduation, they were married, and Chad did an internship in the PCA church that had nurtured them.
During the five years they spent in the Philadelphia area, Chad completed his M.Div. at Westminster Theological Seminary and a yearlong internship at Trinity OPC in Hatboro. He also renovated the fixer-upper that they had purchased. Katie worked full-time in the accounting department of a hospital, so that Chad could focus on his studies and preparation for the ministry.
In August 2011, Chad and Katie returned to Florida for Chad to become the pastor of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Chad reports that a lot of work had already been invested in this new congregation before he arrived. Church officers are in place and functioning well. The people love gospel preaching and want to be consistently Reformed. The Lord used Dr. Robert Reymond, the first organizing pastor, to lay a good foundation.
The Mullinixes were pleasantly surprised by the ethnic diversity of the congregation and their neighborhood. On their first visit to the local Walmart, they heard only two conversations in English. In the church, God has gathered people whose backgrounds are African-American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Anglo, Jewish, and Indian.
In answer to the prayers of his people, God continues to send new people to Holy Trinity. In a recent two-month period, there were fifteen new visitors. Some have continued to attend. Evening worship has been very important for receiving visitors. People are able to check out Holy Trinity without immediately leaving their current church.
A friendly welcome awaits everyone who comes to Holy Trinity. The whole congregation shows Christian hospitality. Even covenant children extend a warm greeting to visitors.
Outreach is an area in which the church continues to develop. Printed materials are being improved. The website is being refreshed. Plans for outreach and evangelism are progressing.
Chad is excited to be the pastor of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church. His sense of calling to the ministry began to develop in high school. He had grown up in a Christian home with parents who taught him God’s Word and encouraged him to love the Lord Jesus and Christ’s church. In high school, he went on a series of mission trips to Ukraine. On those trips, he was asked to teach the Scriptures. The Lord used that to prompt him to prayerfully consider pastoral ministry. His calling and giftedness for ministry have been tested in many settings over the intervening years and confirmed.
Chad and Katie are now parents. Coletta Grace was born shortly after their arrival in Florida.
Please pray that:
- God’s Word would be faithfully preached and received.
- God would continue to send visitors and equip the congregation to minister to them.
- God would strengthen the congregation’s fellowship and its love for the lost.
- God would enable the congregation to become self-sustaining.