‘Creative God’ brings Chris Perry to Good News church


Chris Perry and his wife, Renae, have two boys —— 7-year-old Cole and 12-year-old Caleb. Perry begins his new position on July 1.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

The new pastor at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach is, above all, a Christ-follower.

"I'm nothing but a big goofball saved by grace, but I try every day to reflect the character of Jesus more and more," Chris Perry told The Sun.

He said his most important job as a pastor is to love his people, and he tries, as the Apostle Paul says, "to be all things to all people, fulfilling the role they need me to at that specific church. But the one consistent thing across every church is loving people with God's unconditional love."

But being all things to all people can be the most challenging part of the ministry — and being on call 365/24/7.

"Even if I'm picking up groceries at Publix I'm still 'on the clock' because I represent my church wherever I go," Perry said. "And no matter how hard I try, I'm going to mess up. I'm going to let people down. When you're their shepherd, trying your best to lead and love them, messing up is extremely frustrating. You often don't get a second chance."

But Perry also sees a great reward for pastors.

"There is nothing like seeing God really begin to work in someone's life, and see lives changed."

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