Get to Know: Kirk Dowell

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Kirk and Nancy Dowell

Kirk and Nancy Dowell

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I serve as one of the Church Elders.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
26 years

What's the best part about serving?
Having been a member of Hulen Street for so long, I have a desire to help protect and preserve it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want it to change - because I certainly have seen my share of change in that time - I just want to ensure that the church maintains its integrity and is always growing and thriving.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
In any leadership role in the church, you run the risk of letting your own preferences guide your decisions rather than what is best for the entire church. It’s important to prayerfully consider all situations.

How did you get started serving?
The first service opportunity that my wife Nancy and I were involved in was counting the offering after the service. After a few weeks of being trained by another couple, we let them know we knew the drill and they didn’t have to stay with us any more. They told us the policy was that they needed to stay so that there was accountability to ensure that no one was stealing from the offering plates. It made sense, but it was the first time I realized that there were apparently people who would actually steal from an offering plate!

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
My wife, Nancy, recently had knee surgery, and I got to take care of her needs during the first few days she was off her feet. I have taken care of her before when she was sick or after foot surgery, but God showed me this time what it meant to really serve her and not just meet her needs.