You can read the whole thing or my favorite excerpt below:
Growing up, I always felt uncomfortable around clergy. They were holy, righteous and unapproachable, and I was small and a sinner. Over the next few years, I came to know Jeff as not only a pastor but as friend. He is wise, compassionate and caring beyond his years. He’s the first man of the cloth I’ve played golf with, drank a beer with and slipped and let a swear word out in front of without feeling I’d be damned for eternity.
Thanks Bob – for the kind words, for your partnership in ministry, and for always being such a supporter of Ridge Church. I look forward to the Birgel Family vacation to Kansas City in a few years!