Jim Amandus

True leadership is servanthood. It puts the interests of others at the center of your decisions. Servanthood does not nullify leadership. It defines it. Jesus is the Lion of Judah and Lamb of God. In fact, Jesus said maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.

Just as God’s hand of blessing has been on Highlands these past 70 years, it was about 20 years ago that I saw we needed a gifted servant-leader to administrate our facilities, finances, transportation and grounds. We prayerfully sought the Lord for the person He would have to help us move forward in accomplishing our mission to help people find and follow Jesus and the Lord brought Larry and Karen Maison to us along with their four growing boys, Mark, Jeff, Tim, and Ben.

The Maisons came to us as die-hard Michigan State Spartan fans and as even greater passionate servants of the Most High God. When Larry had the opportunity to pick his favorite character in Veggie Tales is there any wonder he picked Larry the Cucumber?!? Not because of the name, mind you, but because he’s dark green like the Spartans. For the past 20 years, Larry has served our congregation, leaders, and community as unto the Lord. He is a servant by spiritual gifting and it shows in countless hours providing confidential and excellent financial accounting to our Elders and in recruiting a team of servants who have kept our IT on the cutting edge and our transportation from running off the edge! Late nights, long days, greasy hands, accountability, a ready smile, and a servant’s heart have characterized Larry’s dedication.

Larry and Karen have my gratitude before the Lord. And I would like to invite Highlands to join me to return thanks for Larry, for Karen, and their family. Blessed be the name of the Lord!