Syreese’s ordination ceremony. Photographed at The Gathering Oasis Church in Sandy Springs, GA 30342, on September 8th, 2019.
Congratulations are in order! If you don’t know the beloved Syreese Fuller, then we’d like to describe her as the true essence of 1 Peter 5:6.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
As a long-time GO Member and the diligent Children’s Ministry director, Syreese is known and loved by many at our church. Her servant leadership and faithfulness behind the scenes have been instrumental to smooth Sunday operations at The GO. Her hard work was rewarded September 8, 2019, when Senior Pastor Cornelius Lindsey ordained Syreese into her much-deserved new role as children’s pastor. We can’t wait to see how God continues to use her with this calling!
Following her ordination, we got a chance to talk with Syreese and asked her about her evolution as a believer, her leadership at The GO, and her future plans in ministry. Check out her Q&A session with us below. It’s truly inspiring!
Q: Syreese, how long have you been attending The GO?
A: I’ve been attending The GO since 2015. I was attending my “mama’s” church because that is where I grew up; but, there was a void–a relationship. I was looking for a new church home, and my friend invited me to The GO. Ironically, it was during a relationship series. I was moved because Pastor Cornelius didn’t preach on how to get a man/woman or the curse of singleness; but, he spoke on how to seek God to provide everything you need. Every service that followed, regardless of the topic, the bottom line guided me to the Word and to a relationship with God, and I began to experience a personal transformation.
Q: Who is God to you?
A: God is every need and every want — and everything in between! He is my best friend. He knows everything about me. He is my confidant, guiding me through my day-to-day life. He is my father, who loves me unconditionally and corrects me for my own good.
Q: What’s your favorite scripture and why?
A: My favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV), “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” This is my favorite scripture because it shows me that God loves me so much that there were promises that He has made before I chose Him. Those promises are Yes when I choose to be in Him and allow Him to be in me, so I praise Him in the good and bad times and even when it all seems blurry.
Q: How do you feel when you first uncovered the calling on your life? How do you feel now that you’ve been ordained?
A: I feel humbled, honored and even unworthy that God would call me into a season to pastor His children. They are impacted, regardless of our intent as adults. It is our duty to train them up in the way they should go. Now that I have been ordained, I feel responsible, even more so, to build on my relationship with God so that what I am pouring into the kids is out of a heart overflowing with God’s fruit.
Q: What does the future hold for you, in ministry and in personal life?
A: For my future in ministry, I’m taking it a day at a time. I am still learning to rest in God and rely on knowing I am not carrying it all by myself. For my personal life, I am moving toward marriage with my now fiancé and stretching my faith by entering the entrepreneurship world.
Q: What advice do you have for new believers?
A: Don’t compare your journey to anybody else’s journey or status as a believer and be mindful that no one is worthy of God’s love, but He gives all of us grace. Start with where you are and pray without ceasing.
Q: Outside of ministry, what’s something you like to do for fun?
A: For fun, I am a part of a competitive tennis team that plays throughout the year. When I have a free moment to myself, I like to read or catch up on sleep.
Q: What do you do for work outside of the church?
A: I work in Public Health and Research for Veterans.
Q: How can others live a life on purpose, like you?
A: The key is not to live on purpose like me, but to live on purpose like Christ. He is the perfect example. Living on purpose is a decision each day to die to yourself and choose to live for God.
Isn’t she amazing? Connect with Syreese to ask questions, seek out advice and support her as she does the work of the Lord. You can reach out to her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Instagram @reese_kup.