Four Winds Anglican Mission
Four Winds Anglican Mission is a faith community focused on ministry to the brokenhearted. We are a congregation of men and women who are on a spiritual pilgrimage of faith and although we don’t have all the answers, we know the one who does. If you’re feeling worn out and weary from life, or discouraged by previous spiritual experiences…. we’re here for you. At Four Winds, we’re learning how to love one another and support one another in every stage of life.
We get our name from Ezekiel 37 (in the Old Testament of the Bible) where God invites the prophet Ezekiel to call the breath of life from the ‘four winds’ into a valley of dry bones who then rise to become a vast army who know and understand who their God is.
We focus ourselves on 3 spiritual streams (Holy Spirit – Scripture – Sacraments) ,and we do our best to blend old and new traditions of worship as we seek to honor the wisdom of the early church fathers in contemporary ways. Four Winds is a part of the Anglican tradition
Between the traditional sacraments, symbolism, call and response prayer, and imagery used throughout the service, it is impossible to absorb all the intended meaning and depth in just one sitting. Each week as you return to our services you will begin to sense the rhythm and the flow of our Faith heritage. Our worship is very intentional. It has purposeful ebbs and flows. Like a thoughtful poem each element builds upon the next and each layer builds upon deeper layers of meaning creating a rich tapestry of authentic worship and shared devotion.
LITURGY literally means, ‘the work of the people.’ This means that what we do in each service is done as before God, and we do it together. The ultimate goal each week is to pour ourselves out completely in worship to God that He might once again fill us anew. As we take this Pilgrim journey, we seek to bring a beautiful, truthful, and excellent offering to our God, together as a family of Faith. If you’d like to join us in our “ancient-future” worship experience, we would love to have you visit!
As a part of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (www.theAMIA.org) we find our roots based in an ancient tradition while reaching for the future. We also find our spiritual roots in a small country in Eastern Africa called Rwanda. Rwanda is most widely known for the horrific genocide that took place there in 1994. What many do not know is that the Church has largely rebuilt the country and that God is radically on the move there. A decade ago, Christian leaders in Rwanda sensed a ‘spiritual genocide’ in America while observing the decline of the modern era and the abandonment of the core truths of Scripture among many denominations. So they began to pray earnestly for America.
In response to those prayers and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Anglican Mission was born. Former Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini said, “You brought the Gospel of Jesus to us, but you seem to be abandoning it, we must bring it back to you.” The Four Winds Anglican Mission is a part of this growing movement and we have devoted the life of the community to living ‘missionally’.
We respect and revere the work of St. Patrick and other early church fathers as they served their communities with practical ministries of mercy and social justice, as well as intentional cultivation of the arts. It is this heritage of faith that symbolizes the heart and soul of the modern Anglican movement in America.
Pastor Brad Mathias serves as a bi-vocational pastor. A Survivor of an almost-divorce, Brad and his wife Paige, have been married for over twenty-six years. Blessed with a redeemed marriage and a restored home, Brad is actively engaged in ministry to families in crisis and has a heart for those who are struggling with their faith.
He is an author of the parenting book “Roadtrip to Redemption,” and an active blogger (Roadtrip Parenting). Brad also co-hosts an active and growing podcast called Brilliantly Brave Parenting. He interviews people in ministry making impact with teens, tweens, and families throughout the country. You can also find the ‘podcast’ in video format on YouTube.