My Bad Hair Year

It is a brand new year, a time to look behind us at where we have been and a time to look forward to where God is leading us. I have been doing a great deal of reflecting lately and had a good laugh at myself as to my recent past here at WHBC.

A little over 3 years ago my family moved from Okinawa, Japan to Duncan, Oklahoma. In Okinawa I had the privilege of leading a young growing church. We moved to Oklahoma to a church where the average age in the young adult department was in the 40s.

I have always been a believer that every pastor is a missionary to his community. In Okinawa I wore a high and tight not really out of choice, but instead because that was the haircut that Japanese barbers gave young Americans. I desired to fit in so I looked at the preachers in the Duncan area and I adopted their hair style, the bouffant. From the day I landed on the ground I attempted to act and live 20 years older than I was. I felt I needed to act older than my age and so I compensated for it by pretending to be what I was not. Wesley Faulk is not an old timey preacher who wears a bouffant.

In Ecclesiastes 1 Solomon lays out a long set of sayings all starting with “a time to be”. There is a time to be born, a time to die, a time to mourn, a time to dance. Over the past few weeks I have come to a shocking conclusion… Western Heights Baptist Church did not call a 60 year old preacher with a bouffant, they called me. There is a time to be a 60 year old preacher, and there is a time to be a 29 year old preacher. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God called me to be the pastor of this church, and in that, I must be who God created, Wesley Faulk, a tech junkie, Bible preaching pastor. There is a time to be 60, but I have at least 30 years until that happens.

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