By now many of you know who I am and what my role will be, but I figured I should give everyone a little background. Here we go!
Name: Nick Rozendaal
Interests: … Well maybe this isn’t the best way to go about this
My family and I started attending Third Church about 10 years ago when we moved to the Sully area from Iowa City. While Third’s size was daunting at first, we immediately felt at home upon our first visit. We spent the first 8 years driving half an hour to church each Sunday morning. It was less then ideal, but we definitely felt we had a place here. Around my freshman year of high school, I started drumming for the middle school youth group (way back when it was called Chaos). The following year, I joined the Wednesday night worship service called The Refuge (essentially an early version of Revere). Playing at this service allowed me to meet with more great musicians and build some deep connections. I grew both spiritually and emotionally during this time, and I continued to serve on worship teams all through high school and as I went on to college.
As my Senior year of high school came to a close, I still had no idea what school I wanted to go to or what career path to pursue. My indecision and lack of time led me to Central by default. My first year at Central was fine. I had a good roommate, made new friends, met my fiancé, and was able to stay plugged in at Third. As the semesters continued, however, I began questioning if a liberal arts education was the best path for me. In the middle of my Junior year Jason Nelson announced his plans to leave Third and plant a church in Chicago. After meeting with him, I decided I had found the excuse I needed to leave Central.
As mentioned above, I am getting married. Crazy!!! You can see my beautiful fiancé in the picture above. Rachel and I met at Central through our involvement in various percussion ensembles, and we became very close over the years. Rachel is a voice of reason for me as well as a gentle reminder to not take myself so seriously. I am grateful for her love and patience and excited for us to begin this next stage of life.
Some of you may know of my involvement with the Chicago church plant. Before accepting this job at Third, I had seriously considered moving to Chicago to help with CityWave. Rachel and I made several trips to Chicago and connected with some great people there; however, due to some redirecting and the offer of full time employment here at Third, we decided to stay in Pella. The decision was difficult for us to make, but we feel confident in our choice, believing that God has a plan for us in Pella. There is much more to tell, so feel free to come talk with me if you want to know more.
What’s My Role?
My official title is “Sound and Technical Maintenance Leader.” There will be a season of transition as I begin to take over all things related to sound. I will work with Mike to further my knowledge of audio engineering as well as familiarize myself with all of Third’s sound systems. I will also work with Marilyn to maintain the lighting and video systems. In addition, I will be available to help give direction and pointers to sound volunteers desiring to grow in the art of running sound. I will likely start by observing how each individual runs sound, so I can be more effective in helping you. I will also be assisting in training workshops (like the one we did a few weeks ago). Workshops are a great way to help grow your individual skills as well as help us grow as a team. The goal is to empower Third sound volunteers, so you can have an improved set of sound skills to take with you wherever life calls you.
I really look forward to spending time getting to know all of you, and I am very excited to take this role at Third. If you have any questions or just want to chat, my office is right next to Mike’s. You can always shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for taking the time to get know me!