MOORESVILLE – The mission of Mooresville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is to bring people to Jesus. Its pastor, Anthony Ward, aims to embody that vision.
Ward said his inspiration for his work comes from the joy he gets bringing people closer to God.
Mooresville Citizen: What circumstance or experience led you to become a faith leader?
Anthony Ward: The Lord called me to be a pastor when I was a freshman at UNC-Charlotte. He told me that He wanted me to teach and preach His Word and shepherd His people. I was becoming more involved at my church and seeking His will for my life, and I was serving as a youth intern at my church. And (He) continues to confirm that to me throughout my life.
MC: How does Mooresville fit in line with your faith mission?
AW: Mooresville is a great place to preach the Good News of Jesus. It is a growing area, and there are many people that need to hear and know of God's love and salvation. And because people can have difficult things in their lives that they have to deal with, the hope that only Jesus can bring is the best answer to help them through. The Lord has placed Mooresville Presbyterian Church (ARP) in this community, and it is His desire for us to minister to the needs of people and so that they might come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.
MC: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
AW: The most rewarding part of my job is when I am able to help people understand the Scriptures and see how it relates to and applies to their life in real ways.
MC: What is the most trying part of your job? How do you keep your motivation going?
AW: The most trying part is keeping up with the demands of my schedule as a pastor. But the Lord helps me to do what needs to be done for each week, and He shows what I need to (be) focusing my time on and what can wait until next week. The motivation to keep going is that He has called me to this work and that He is literally helping and empowering me to do His work.
MC: What advice do you have for new leaders?
AW: Draw close to the Lord; immerse yourself in the Word of God! The Lord says in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know." He also says in Jeremiah 29:13, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." The most important thing that we can do is to hunger and thirst for God, for then we shall be filled, (according to) Matthew 5:6.
MC: What are some of the things the faith community, at large, is struggling with?
AW: From my perspective, it is the assurance that the Lord is with them, that He has saved them and cares about their needs, and that the LORD is going to intervene in their lives and situations as they seek Him and trust in Him. This applies to a variety of situations, whether it is physical needs like food, shelter and jobs or it is other life decisions like with children, family or illness that people are dealing with. People who are believers, and those who are not believers also, want assurance that God is going to be there for them. And the Lord gives us that assurance in the Scriptures!
MC: What is your inspiration for this work?
AW: Wanting to see people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior and to be saved, and for people to grow in their faith and come closer to God and know Him more!
MC: What is your favorite or most-turned-to verse or part of Scripture? Why?
AW: Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
This verse shows us that it is only through Jesus and His death on the cross and His resurrection that we are saved, forgiven and have eternal life as we believe and trust in Him alone for salvation! When we do, we become new creations, and He changes us to live for His purposes!