|12/5/2012 8:27:00 AM|
Sherman steps into pastoral role at Assembly of God
It's not that uncommon to hear of youngsters saying that when they grow up, they want to be a firefighter, or a police officer or a baseball player - and that's just what they do.
When Jayesun Sherman was 6 years old, God told him to be a pastor and by age 9, he began preparing for that work.
And now, at age 43, he's fulfilling his calling.
Sherman recently accepted a call to Assembly of God Church in Windom. Last month, he began handling pastoral duties at the church located just north of Windom on Highway 71.
"God spoke to my heart and mind and told me I was going to be a pastor when I was 6 years old," says Sherman, who replaces Rev. Jerry McGraw, who left Windom in 2009 to plant a church in Arizona. "When I was 9, I made a conscious decision that, if I'm going to be a pastor someday, I should pay attention to what pastors do. So I started watching them and learning, all the while knowing that I was going to be a pastor someday.
"It was confirmed many times since and I love it."
Sherman and his wife of 14 years, Michelle, come to Windom from White Bear Lake where they spent the last year transitioning back to the United States. The Shermans have been in the ministry for 10 years, including seven (2004-11) in Baquio City, Philippines. That's also where they adopted their 6-year-old daughter, Grace, who is now a first-grader at Winfair Elementary.
"We got her on Day One. She was born in the morning and we had her by supper," Jayesun explains.
But the Philippines is just one of several countries he has visited. He's been on six continents and visited such countries as South Africa, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.
Windom, however, is actually the Shermans' first U.S. church in which Jayesun is serving as pastor. They are excited about settling down in a smaller community to serve a congregation.
"I love the sunrise and sunset in Windom," Jayesun says. "I like the small-town feel because you can get to know people quickly because you see them often. In a big city, you might never see them again. It's nice - and close enough to home."
Home is White Bear Lake for Michelle and Green Bay, Wis., for Jayesun, a Packers fan.
Windom Assembly of God is a small church with roughly 30 to 45 regular attenders, but Sherman sees opportunities for the church.
"I want to team up with everyone who has a similar goal in the community of reaching Windom," he explains. "There are a lot of people who don't go to church at all and some who are extremely nominal. So, I want to team up because the goal is to see everyone in a right relationship with God."
For more on Sherman, see the story on the Faith & Family page in the Dec. 5 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.