C3 WELCOMES PASTOR CASEY CRAMER
NEWS: Letter from Pastor David Cassidy
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Beloved C3 Members and Friends,
I have such good news to share with you.
Every church growing larger in number has to grow smaller in community at the same time if it is to be a place of effective care and discipleship. For over two years now, our leaders have been praying into this need with expectant hope, eagerly awaiting the day we could add to our Pastoral Group a minister who would specialize in creating the network of small groups and mutual care that would allow C3 members and newcomers to connect in community, while also bringing specific care to young families. That day has come and God has answered our prayer in a beautiful way.
After careful examination, the Session of Christ Community Church has unanimously voted to call Teaching Elder Casey Cramer to join us as Assistant Pastor of Care and Connection.
On September 1, he will join our staff to focus on community groups, care, and our mission to young families, a growing demographic in our church and in the greater Franklin community. It is our intention to allow the congregation a season to get to know Casey, with the goal of calling him as an Associate Pastor in early 2019.
We are delighted to welcome Casey and his wife, Kelsey, along with their five children to our church: their son Callum (born in June), daughters Katherine (2) and Karis (4), and brothersChristopher (5) and Caleb (6). The three oldest Cramer siblings are already well-known and loved along the halls of Mustard Seed Preschool!
Casey, originally from Wisconsin, studied psychology at Dartmouth College and played college football for the Big Green. After graduation, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent five seasons in the NFL playing for the Bucs, Panthers, Jets, Dolphins, and Tennessee Titans.
He came to faith during his time in the NFL when the Gospel was shared with him by a teammate. Though he was previously considering different options for his post-football career, he began exploring his faith, reading and studying scripture, and discovered his calling. He applied to seminary, and one week later met Kelsey.
Kelsey, originally from Ohio, had graduated from Wheaton College and was completing her Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary and Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Lipscomb University. Casey began his graduate work while they were dating and the two were married in 2010. The two moved to St. Louis where Casey received his Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. They returned to Middle Tennessee, settling in Franklin in 2013.
As they began their family, Casey served 3 seasons as Chaplain for the Tennessee Titans and has served for the past 5 years as the Pastor of Kids, Students, and Families at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, the very congregation from which C3 was born just over 30 years ago. Over the years, CPC has given rich and bountiful gifts to us, to the Body of Christ, and to the world, and I hope you will join me in expressing our deep gratitude to Pastor Scott Sauls and the CPC Staff and Officers for their generosity and graciousness in sharing so freely with so many what God has entrusted to them. We are privileged to partner with them in spreading the Gospel throughout this region, and count our friendship as one of God’s great gifts to us.
Casey is a warm, gracious leader, a gifted teacher, and a natural connector who is passionate about community.
“Kelsey and I are excited to meet and get to know everyone. We live 6 minutes from the church and feel like we’re part of this community already. We’ve had a wonderful introduction through Mustard Seed Preschool and have loved the way that this church has nurtured our children in their faith. We’re excited to step in and start learning names and faces, spending time with Christ Community and doing life together.”
Let us give thanks to the Lord for sending this godly leader to serve with us in the Gospel. We look forward to sharing more about Casey over the next few weeks and introducing you to the family on Sunday, August 5.