I became a Christian in 1994 thanks to the witness and prayer of a group of Christians at Wattle Grove Baptist Church in western Sydney. Soon after I came to faith, the church appointed its first pastor, a young mid-twenty something guy named Craig Corkill, recently married to Carolyn, and still finishing off his B.Min at Moorling College.
Craig and Carolyn showed me great hospitality and kindness over the next couple of years. Craig also met with me regularly, discipled me, encouraged me, and taught me the way of Jesus Christ. When it was time for me to leave Sydney and move to Townsville, Craig and Carolyn graciously gave me a copy of Millard Erickson’s book Christian Theology with the following note attached in the front matter:
Those words stayed with me, I meditated on them often, and remembered Craig and Carolyn (and the Wattle Grove folks) with great fondness.
It is now eighteen years later and I am thrilled that I was able to offer some encouragement back to Craig and Carolyn by gifting them with a copy of my own Evangelical Theology with the following note inside the cover:
Heb 13:7, a great text to think on and act on.