Pastoral Notes for Sunday, November 5th 2017

“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing megachurches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow-raising statement, but to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.”—Timothy Keller

Two years ago the elders of Cornerstone began praying and planning for a new church in the Spring Hill, TN. area. Just over a year ago that praying and planning took a big step forward when a call was extended to Rev. Mike Fennema to be the church planter for the Spring Hill work. Over the last year, Mike and wife, Stephanie, and their four children have poured their lives into Spring Hill community and the work of ministry. God has blessed the fruit of their hands as the Spring Hill Presbyterian Church has steadily grown in size and health.

As the Spring Hill Presbyterian Church anticipates beginning Sunday morning worship early next year, we’re pausing today to celebrate what God has done. I’ve invited Pastor Mike to preach the Word from Mark 10:17-31. In order to better acquaint you with Mike and Stephanie’s history, take a moment to read their bios below and then drop Mike a line or give him a call to learn how you can pray for, support, and even partner with the work of SHPC. 

Mike is a native of the south suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Calvin College in 2003 and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 2008. Before moving to Spring Hill, Mike was a youth pastor at Redeemer Church in Evans, GA and the Senior Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church in Sherwood, AR.

Stephanie was born in Georgia and grew up in Middle Tennessee. After graduating from Zion Christian Academy in Columbia, she earned her degree from Auburn University and became a Physician’s Assistant through UAB’s PA program. While also a full-time mom to four, she works one day a week at Mulberry Clinics in Spring Hill.

Mike and Stephanie met while living in Orlando and were married in 2006. They have four children: Elliot, Oliver, Mattie Grace, and Abigail. As a family, they enjoy hiking, swimming, raising chickens, family movie nights, and opening their home to others.

Mike may be reached at 501-612-1331 or