Often times when I think of a volunteer Rockstar, I’ve tended to stereotype the requirements or limit them to the amount of “time-served.” Although that’s an impressive way to grab the attention of any ministry leader, it’s not the sole measurement.
There is one Rockstar you won’t see here on the weekends, serving alongside the hundreds of other volunteers that make a typical weekend run so smooth. And you won’t see him during the week, serving with our ministry outreach teams across the communities or the world. You won’t even recognize this volunteer because his primary serving capacity takes place inside the walls of his business.
I first met Tim Markley in April of 2005 when his name came to me as someone interested in helping with “graphics.” Having no clue what he meant by that, I called and found out that his business was graphics-centered. After a long conversation, I grabbed a few staff members and took a tour of his business.
I remember the feeling of awe when he told us “whatever you want, just let me know.” That was the beginning of a new look for our church.
Be honest for a moment … haven’t you known someone who thought, “I wonder how much “that” church pays for all those series promotional posters? I’ve enclosed a few to remind you of how long this has been going on.
“That” church – our church – is being blessed nearly every week or series since 2005 with the generosity of Tim’s graphics company. Not only does Tim’s company print these dynamic, eye-catching gems, but he or a member of his team delivers the finished graphics to the Granger site.
These are ginormous scenes require a great deal of preparation, management and a commitment to excellence that Tim has overseen. I would venture to guess that his incredible gift through the years has reached into the thousands of dollars. Now, as you may remember I’m not good at math, so let’s just agree that whatever the gift, it’s been amazing.
The amount of the gifting has never been a concern of Tim’s. He loves the church and its mission, vision and values so much that he’s doing what he’s been blessed to do to help reach people for Christ.
I wish I could post my favorite 50 pictures of Tim’s work over the years but I’ll just conclude by saying this: If it’s been displayed as a poster board or vinyl on our campus, it’s probably because of Tim Markley and his gifting to the church.
Photos: Jeff Petersen