Meet Our Regional Leaders: Tim Shorey
What local church do you pastor?
I am an elder in Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, and Lead Pastor of our Risen Hope Church campus. Risen Hope, in Drexel Hill, PA, is a campus of CFC designed to become a plant in the next few years.
How long have you been a pastor?
I became a senior pastor in 1982 when I was 23 years old and have served in pastoral ministry (in one role or another) ever since.
How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace?
Our previous church, Trinity Fellowship in Toms River, New Jersey, was adopted into SG in 2005. We had been in fellowship with SG for about six years previously.
Which churches are in your region?
I’m privileged to serve the northeast region which includes 14 churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
What is your vision for your region?
I carry a burden to see our churches bound together with relational ties deeper and missional bonds stronger than ever before. In the northeast, we have great opportunities to plant a diversity of churches given our region’s diversity. We have rural and urban contexts that call for massive mission-minded vision. It is easy to see how we could—with the help of God who makes things happen—plant numerous churches with strong regionally-based partnership behind them.
I’m also concerned to build teams—with a robust bivocational presence—in our churches. And since I believe not only that the SG exists for the planting and building of local churches, but also that local churches exist for the larger mission of a partnership of churches, I am anxious to see this value instilled and owned deeply in all our churches.
What are the pastors in your region excited about?
The guys in the northeast have a history of pretty radical church planting vision. Our New England contingent has a vision that is exciting for that needy area (my old stomping grounds), with a couple new plants just begun. I hear similar rumblings all over my region with virtually every guy I talk to having a serious desire to plant more churches. I also sense an exciting fresh vision for the world and for unreached peoples. It’s not hard to envision teams of globally-minded church planters emerging from our churches in the next few years. There are exciting times indeed! I love doing ministry with these guys and being able to stand side by side with them.