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Posted by Dr. Scott Solberg on Jun 26, 2018

Introducing Our “Residents,” Steven and Olivia Durgin

OUR VISION IS TO BE A CHURCH OF DISCIPLE MAKERS multiplying disciples, community groups, leaders and churches throughout the Central Connecticut River Valley. In this vision, we would like to see 2 to 3 churches planted in the next 10 years. Our residency program is one way we envision reaching this goal.

It is especially exciting that Steven and Olivia Durgin will be our first residents in this program. Steve Durgin is one of our own and is from Wethersfield. He went off to Trinity International University and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree.

While at Trinity, he met Olivia. She is the daughter of Free Church missionaries to Spain. Steve and Olivia were married a few years ago and they are excited about the idea of bi-vocational church planting.

Steve has already been hired by Gilead Community Services and will begin working there on July 9. WEFC’s residency program begins on August 1 and will last for two years. During this time, Steve and Olivia will be living in the newly renovated house owned by the church at 543 Maple Street.

When asked, how he was feeling about the residency opportunity, he replied in the following way:

"This residency opportunity feels like a breath of fresh air for me. I am eager to focus on ministry and relationships, to be shaped as a couple by a loving community, and to revisit my roots where I first came to know Jesus. We also hope to be a blessing to the neighborhood and to gain clarity on our next steps for the kingdom of God. Thank you all for making this possible. We look forward to being with you!"

Welcome Steve and Olivia!

Please note: As a gesture of welcome, we would like to present a "Welcome Basket" to the Durgins. If you’d like to participate, please bring your donations of gift cards (such as for grocery stores or restaurants) to the church office and place in the basket marked, “Welcome Steve & Olivia." Monetary donations are also appreciated. Please mark your donation for “Durgins Welcome” on your check, envelope or via online giving. Thank you!