When God calls us out of the world, we become “His own special people, ” and He has a plan to develop and mold us into what He wants us to be. He had the same goal for ancient Israel and in the example of their journey from Egypt we learn a vital lesson in how God is preparing us for the difficult times that we will confront before the return of Jesus Christ.
Rick Shabi was ordained an elder in 2000, and relocated to northern Florida in 2004. He attended Ambassador College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Accounting. After enjoying a rewarding career in corporate and local hospital finance and administration, he became a pastor in January 2011. Since then, he and his wife Deborah have served in the Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, churches. Rick served as the Treasurer for the United Church of God from 2013–2022, and was named President in May 2022.