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Ed and Margaret 2013-2

Ed Algya, Pastor and wife, Margaret

How did you end up at VVCC? — I began my personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a visit to Columbia in March of 1981. And in October of 1982, I moved to Columbia to get involved with the church.  My family and I have been a part of VVCC ever since.

Family Life — I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Margaret for 36 years.  We have had 12 children: Nick, Christine (deceased), Ben, Rebekah, Rachel, Stephanie, Molly, Maggie, Julia, Jordan, Michelle, Hunter and Husker (our black lab).  We also have 8 grandchildren.

Greatest Influence — Margaret has undoubtedly been my greatest cheerleader.  Her devotion and commitment to following the Lord has had a tremendous influence in my life.  This relationship with the Lord has helped her be my #1 encouragement, support, counselor, and friend.  I also believe that my dad influenced my attitude toward commitment to my family.

Passions — My wife, Cornhusker football, sharing the “Truth”

Life Changing Books — The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn, The Church of Irresistible Influence by Robert Lewis, Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles H. Hummel, Bible by God.

Life Quote —“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.  “But seek first the kingdom of righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33.

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How did you end up at VVCC? — Attending a conference in 2006 through Great Commission Churches, I became aware of the need for a Youth Leader here at VVCC.  I inquired with the Pastor about the position at the church and was told to pray about the opportunity.  After praying, I called and came for an initial visit to meet the Pastors and the youth of the church.  I decided to take a step of faith, leaving all I knew in Maryland a few months later, to step through the open door that God had created at VVCC.  I have been so blessed by God and this church and am thankful for the opportunity to minister here.

Family Life — For seven years now, I have been blessed to call Rebekah Snell my wife.  She is my best friend and the mother of our four children: Isabella, Karis, Addison and Levi Snell.

Greatest Influence — My friend Carl Weirks, who led me into a saving relationship with My Lord, Jesus Christ.  My friend Josh vander Meer who taught me how to walk in the truth with integrity and passion.  My mentor, Herschel Martindale who pointed me to the sufficiency of God’s grace and the importance of grounding your life in the truth of God’s Word.  My wife who keeps me grounded.

Passions — Family and helping others experience a real relationship with Jesus Christ.

Life Changing BooksThe Bible, Wild at Heart by John Eldridge.

Life Quotes

“More is caught than taught.”

“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”–Abraham Kuyper;

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –speech from Theodore Roosevelt