Pastor’s Welcome

Dear Visitor,

Thanks for taking time to check out our website. If you like to know some of my story, keep reading;

How I became a Christian:

I became a Christian through the influence of numerous people. First in my journey were my parents, who raised me in the faith they themselves had inherited. I was baptized as an infant, and through attending Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, and weekly worship I became acquainted with the stories of Scripture. Although being part of a faith community wasn’t optional in my upbringing, I decided to claim for myself the faith I had inherited from others, and I was confirmed.

In my high school years I became interested in learning about other faiths, and began comparing other traditions to my own. I learned enough to know I wanted to learn more, and knew the direction my college studies would take. I attended a small, liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a group that was new to me. I knew I wanted to learn more about religion and philosophy, but serving as a pastor was not on my radar screen of possibilities.

How I became a pastor:

I became a pastor through interacting with college professors and fellow students. Many of them were members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a religious tradition with an acceptance of different viewpoints, a respect for individual freedom of interpretation, a weekly invitation to the Lord’s Supper, and a longstanding commitment of working toward the visible unity of all Christians across denominational lines. I felt I had come home and became a member of this body of believers in college.

From college I knew I wanted to study more about religion, and ordination became one possibility for my future, but perhaps teaching would be more suited to my gifts. So I went to Chicago to continue my studies, and enrolled in a joint program for ministry and doctoral work. Through my field placement I became acquainted with a church-based non-profit working to help impoverished inner-city residents have more control over housing and economic issues in their lives. Their work impressed me enough that I decided to work full-time there for a number of years. I reached a point where I could go no further on this path without leaving ministry behind as an option for my future.

Although I wasn’t yet ready to do so, I didn’t feel I should drop it altogether. So I went home to North Carolina and helped manage a grocery store, waiting until I heard something definitive from God. After two years, the seeds God had planted that had lain dormant were ready to sprout. I enrolled in a joint ministry and social work program in Nashville and worked with diverse populations ”HIV+ homeless, the elderly, church youth groups, those affected by welfare reform. I learned at the feet of mentors and congregations willing to give a ministry student an opportunity to serve and learn from his mistakes.

I was ordained to ministry in Waynesboro, TN in 1996 and called to serve as an associate pastor in Kansas City, MO. It was there that I met my future wife, who was Catholic at that time. From Kansas City I was called in 1999 to serve as pastor at another Disciple church in Pasadena, CA.

How I came to Tylersville Road Christian Church(now called Compass Christian Church):

I became senior pastor at Tylersville Road Christian Church in September 2009. As I consider why I accepted the call here, I look back on my prior experiences and see a pattern that has hopefully prepared me for what lies ahead.

Like me, many of the members here weren’t raised as Disciples. This congregation was established as a mission to the community nearly 20 years ago, and for a number of years I’ve worked with state and national church organizations in discovering Gods mission among congregations.

I look forward to discovering the mission that God is calling Tylersville Road Christian Church, which is now called Compass Christian Church,  to fulfill here in Mason and beyond.

Blessings,

Troy Sybrant

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