Anything He Wants


I was reading through an old article this week written in 2004 by former Randall Church Pastor, Paul Decker. In the article, he recalls first learning about Associate Pastor John B. Will:

"In early 1997, when I was interviewing at Randall, I was on the phone with the entire search committee. During that discussion, we were reviewing different staff members. It was at this time, that it was identified to me that the church had an Associate Pastor. So, my natural response was, "What does he do?" The immediate response, "Anything he wants," was accompanied by laughter from the entire committee. I didn't know what to expect when I had the opportunity to meet the man who could do "anything he wants," but since our very first meeting, I have never been disappointed by John B. Will."

I,  Pastor Milo, quickly gained a very high respect for Pastor Will. I first came to Randall in 2013 to lead the music ministry and to be sent out from Randall to establish a new church plant in North Tonawanda. I remember going through the music library and studying Pastor Will's scores. Reading handwritten music notations after studying printed music for years is a rather mesmerizing experience. These pieces truly are works of art! Furthermore, the voice of the man who left these marks could still be heard booming down the halls every Sunday morning; at 9 am sharp.

The heritage of faith John B. Will has left at Randall Church might still remain as a man who does "anything he wants." Yes, Pastor has done "anything HE wants;" that is, anything God has asked of him. Pastor Will has consistently committed to and led others to understand that faithfulness to God's Will, God's Word and God's Way is how a disciple of Christ is to live. With an unprecedented 64 years at Randall Church and an unbelievable 100 years on this planet, Pastor Will has lived what he has taught.

The thing is, this is ultimately what Christ expects from each of us. To live each day in relentless pursuit of a Holy Savior. We have before us a great example. We can choose to pursue or choose to be complacent. When you look back on your life's work, what will your legacy be? The choice is yours.

"May the mind of Christ, my Savior, live in me from day to day, by His love and power controlling all I do and say.....May His beauty rest upon me as I seek the lost to win, and may they forget the channel, seeing only Him." - Kate B. Wilkenson


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