Introductory letter to the Saints of Riverview and Virgil
God brought me out into a spacious place;
The Lord rescued me because he delights in me.
On September 14th I will begin my tenure among you. I can’t tell you how excited I am to serve with you as we seek to continue the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world. I want to begin by telling you a little about myself and my journey with God.
On March 8, 1959, at the age of twelve I was baptized in the First Baptist Church of McKeesport, Pa. McKeesport is fifteen miles southeast of Pittsburgh. It was on that day, as I came up out of the water that I heard in my soul a call to ministry. I would delay responding for 28 years. Entering military service in 1966 my first duty assignment was Ellsworth AFB, SD. That move resulted in a deep love for the Dakotas. Twenty years of experience in the field of aircraft maintenance taught many skills that would be adaptable to work in the church. Retiring in 1986 from the United States Air Force I located to Sioux Falls and joined Asbury UMC. Responding to the one who called me so many years before, I began theological studies at Sioux Falls Seminary (Formerly North American Baptist Seminary) in 1987, and began serving churches across the Dakotas in 1989. On July 1, 2010 after 21 years in the local church Bishop Kiesey appointed me as District Superintendent of the Glacial Lakes District ( Now Southeastern District). Before that I had served Sioux Falls Sunnycrest, Grand Forks Zion, the United Church of Canistota, and the White Lake/Underwood parish. In 2015 I entered retired status and now make my home in Sioux Falls.
I have been married to Lazann for 44 years. She was raised on a farm south of Harrisburg, SD. We have two daughters; Shiloh married to Mike Jones who live in Rogers, AR with their children Brady (15) and Addison (11). Shalaine resides in Sioux Falls with her husband Jason Rostomily and their sons Anderson (8) and Josten (5).
For fun I enjoy exercising at the Sanford Wellness Center, hanging out at Barnes and Noble, reading, writing, mentoring candidates for ministry as well as new clergy, consulting, filling pulpits, volunteering, attending grandchildren events, and spending time with family and friends.
Again, I am looking forward to getting to know you and the Huron/Virgil communities. Let us all be in prayer as we begin our time together.
Blessings in Christ
Pastor Roy Caudill