Back to Basics with IGW3

As the 2019 Lenten/Easter season begins, we are excited to announce a new ministry – and a new look – for this blog.

It’s called IGW3 – which as you can see above stands for…

  • In God’s Word
  • In God’s Will
  • In God’s Work

We live in complicated and confusing times.  We believe that the best way we can navigate those times is by the study of and applying of the Bible’s timeless teachings to our lives.  In attempting to do this in the most faithful way we hope to apply this principle,

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

We pray that by God’s grace we will explore the scriptures daily and find there the truth and grace we need, as Christ said,  to “live life to the full.”

To that end, I will be posting daily posts reflecting on the scriptures, using a simple daily reading plan like many found online these days.  If you find you can’t tune in each and every day, or get behind in reading each day’s passage, don’t worry – and most of all – don’t give up!  Just join us here if and when you can.

May God richly bless you as we begin this new journey together.


The Reverend Paul W. Simrell, M.Div.

Pastor, Elpis Christian Church, Maidens Virginia

Certified Pastoral Counselor

Presidential Member, American Association of Christian Counselors

Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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