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Huge Weekend

February 22, 2009

This weekend was a weekend we’ll always look back at as a church as a “game changer” weekend… for two reasons.

1) If you missed it, The Bridge is moving!  In the next three months we’re relocating to 4 business condos on New Port Royal Rd (6,000 sq. ft.) to give us room to grow and a launch-pad for greater ministry.  Let’s birth a movement…

2) Dennis Knisley, one of our elders, had a birthday.  My source will remain nameless, but I was secretly sent some “birthday pictures” to celebrate everything that is Dennis Knisley…


beach-stud-2I think we should all wish Dennis a Happy Birthday and (in all seriousness) remind him how much his sacrifice has meant to us as a church.  Happy Birthday, Dennis!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    February 22, 2009 11:17 pm

    1. Yay!

    2. Josh, you shouldn’t use this blog to cause others to stumble. Just not cool. How am I supposed to compete with that?

  2. February 23, 2009 8:24 am

    Wow Dennis great pics! My friend happy birthday! I was thining just yesterday about the first Bridge meeting at Clearview Baptist for anyone interested and how you were there. There are people in every church that when the church began it simply would not have made it if it had not been for them. John Gardner for Clearview and you are one of those for The Bridge. It goes unsaid too often but my friend we love you and thank you for all you have done and will do! Oh yeah, and thanks for the laughs! I love hangin with you!!!!!!

  3. Scott permalink
    February 23, 2009 10:45 am

    Ditto on Lance’s comments! I too remember that night when we met with a few interested people from Clearview. Your faithfulness has been a rock for The Bridge and for me personally. I am better for having you as a friend.

  4. February 23, 2009 10:51 am

    Wow, Dennis! I had no idea you had taken ballet classes! I’m impressed!

    But I’m much more impressed with your love for God’s Kingdom and your passion for The Bridge. My friend, when I didn’t think I could go another day pastoring as well as taking care of my life at LifeWay, I could always count on you to be a model of persistence and passion. When the church was going through her greatest struggles, you were the one whose heart reminded me most of Christ’s love for His church and the obstacles became tiny bricks that simply needed to be picked up and set aside, and when others bailed I always knew I could count on you.

    My prayer for you Dennis is that someday you can look over your shoulder some Sunday morning and see that thousands of people who will someday join you in heaven because of your hard work and love for and care for the many, many leaders who have become staff at The Bridge.

    I love ya’ friend.


  5. Dale permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:41 am

    DK, I truely value your friendship and leadership.

    You have been such a positive example to my family as a small group leader and as such a great friend. Thanks for all that you are!

    Watch out for the paparazzi, they are always watching.


  6. Steve permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:58 am

    Congrats Dennis. I appreciate all you do for the Bridge! Your service and leadership is invaluable to our family at the Bridge!

    Oh by the way, nice pictures! lol. I have a feeling someone is in big trouble for providing these shots of you working out on the beach!

  7. josh permalink
    February 23, 2009 1:50 pm

    My source is safe.

  8. Julie Howerton permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:31 pm

    Yeah! Once I saw these pictures a few months ago, I’ve been requesting that they be shared so that other Bridgers can enjoy a belly laugh as I did.
    Dennis, I can’t begin to express how much I have appreciated you as a friend and small group leader but more importantly as an elder, supporter and encourager for Rick when he was pastor.

  9. Sue permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:58 pm


  10. Sue permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:59 pm

    Dennis – I hope you have a great birthday!!!!

  11. Sarah B permalink
    February 23, 2009 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Dennis!

  12. Mary Bea permalink
    February 23, 2009 7:53 pm

    Can someone PUH-LEEZE photoshop a tutu on Dennis in those pics…that’s all that’s missing!!

    Hope you had a great birthday! There aren’t words to express how much we love our “Mr. Dennis!!” From day one he has made us all feel like we were part of his family…big open arms, big full heart…!!

  13. Becky permalink
    February 23, 2009 10:47 pm

    I just keep hearing Levi say “Mr. Nennis!” Happy Birthday!! I hope you know just how much you are loved by all…especially those of us with little ones that you have loved on like no other. You are a very special man and we are so lucky to do life with you!

  14. Eva Howard permalink
    February 24, 2009 12:36 pm

    Dennis, after viewing those photos I am speechless and all of you know how rare that is. Now we all know where Ben gets his talent.

    Keep up the good kingdom work and I want to say that I count it a blessing to serve right along side of you and all the other Bridgers.


  15. Susan Howerton permalink
    February 25, 2009 1:04 am

    Finally got my computer back (no laughing Scott!) so I can wish you a big LATE Happy Birthday, Denise! I love you, man!! You just make my heart smile when I see you. You really have the joy of the Lord in you and it spills out all over us all. I am so incredibly thankful for you, as my first small group leader, my friend, and now my elder (although you were already ELDER before). I don’t think there is anyone I could trust more, with a more humble heart, and tender spirit to lead us and guide us at The Bridge. You have been a rock for us and yet I think I have seen you grow to be more like Christ every day. Two things I’ll never forget…

    1. The first time we started at The Bridge we had a picnic at Rick and Julie’s and I saw all the kids running to you… Mr. Dennis, and your open arms and big smile. You have always served the children faithfully – teaching those who will carry on the Gospel to our future generations and allowing the parents of The Bridge now to worship freely on Sundays as their kids are usually with you learning in class. That’s sacrificial love and a great example.

    2. Leaving a surprisingly anointed time of prayer and fellowship in Columbia after spending the evening sharing with those in need, that you had never met, how Christ could help them manage in very difficult times… sensing God’s strong presence and that we had just had the blessing of being a part of something very special that was such a neat picture of what God was wanting us as Christians to do together… it was humbling and something I’ll never forget.

    You are a true man of faith that God is using in mighty ways. Hope you know how treasured you are to us all.

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