My name is Chad Vargason. I live in Pasadena, MD with my beautiful wife and 3 lovely daughters. I have been walking with the Lord since 1992. I consider myself a Bapticostal, because I love studying the Word and Theology while in complete awe of how the Spirit works through so many people in so many incredible and distinct ways.
I surrendered to my Call to Preach back in 1993 and have had the opportunity to preach and serve in multiple churches in the UK and America.
About 4 years ago, my Pastor asked me to pray about being a Deacon in our church. I had initial reservations, because I wanted to make sure that it was a calling and not a prideful desire to have a “title”. The more I prayed about it, the more the Lord laid on my heart that He was calling me to serve others and speak His truth.
I was looking into affordable christian college education and that is when I found CLI. I wanted to expand my knowledge and find the tools to make me a stronger Deacon and servant. Even though I have been a Deacon at my church for a couple years and have had some wonderful opportunities, I knew that the Deacon Ordination through CLI would allow me to refine my calling and provide focus and equipment for my ministry, current and future, and have since completed it along with my Life Coach Minister Ordination.
I have always had a heart for “disenfranchised” Christians, having been the victim of legalism and spiritual abuse. The Lord has softened my heart and given me the opportunity to show others about what true love and grace really is.
Lately, I feel the Lord pulling me toward pastoral ministry but not quite sure which specific role He wants me to fill, but I am open to His leading.
My training at CLI has been very valuable to my ministry and look forward to continuing with my education and training, wherever He may lead me. It has provided a great foundation for my role as Deacon and member of the body of Christ.
If I could ask for prayer, it would be for guidance and direction for my ministry and strength and wisdom for being the godly Father and Husband that I need to be to glorify my Saviour.
Thank you for your Love
My faith in my Lord Jesus Christ began in my childhood. I learned on my Grandmother's knee that "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so." This combined with Sunday school and watching my Grandma read her devotional everyday before her feet touched the floor, praying together in the car, at meals and bedtime gave me a strong foundation.
Unfortunately as I grew older I grew away from God. Not that I did not believe in the existence of God; I just didn't believe in the need to actively seek him and his will for me on a daily bases. Sometimes more often than I want to admit I acted against His will. Through these years my heart kept pulling me back and eventually I returned to "church". Maybe during a season of trial or maybe just because something was missing. Going back to church did not stop the hardships from happening, but through my seeking Him, I found new and wonderful things about Him.
I long to have the time to tell all that God has done for and to me, but 6 paragraphs is not enough space. So for now a brief overview:
- I have been challenged to seek the truth in the scripture
- I have personally experienced miracles
- I have received healing through forgiveness
- I have been tested, pulled away from God and faded (but thankfully not extinguished)
- thankfully my Lord is my Shepard and He has not allowed me to stray too far
- now my heart is willing to seek Him
I will be honest, I am not sure how God will use my ministry training. All I know is that my heart desires to serve God, and my experiences have shown the need to meet people where they are and share how my Father loves me and that He loves them also.