Over the past year I have had the privilege of working in a local church ministry setting with Cherrilynn Bisbano, a member of our congregation. During that time, I have had occasion to observe her in various settings, including at her home as a wife and mom, at church as a mentor and helper in various ministries, and specifically in an intensive personal growth ministry entitled REBUILD that I oversee. As well, she has been in classes that I teach, including a current Gospel of Mark course where we group-mentor new believers under the heading, “What Jesus Said.” This is an in-depth course of instruction in basic Christian values and beliefs.
Cherrilynn brings an interesting combination to any assignment she undertakes. I have found her enthusiasm, zeal for God’s Word and His ways, and her strong desire to introduce others to the Lord Jesus Christ, to be invaluable assists to these various ministry areas. Often, we deal with people who come from extremely dysfunctional situations, and they lack any understanding of the Christian life and belief system. She is able to take confused, questioning individuals and lead them to a safe position where they can feel trust and warmth in the manner her ministry is conducted. She is quick to introduce seekers to other church members and staff, an action that helps assure support for the individual and verification of what she tells the newcomer. In particular, Cherrilynn excels at urging those who are lost, disappointed, discouraged, or in some way disillusioned with the church and faith to take a second look. She is nurturing, challenging when necessary, and creative in finding solutions for those she assists.
Often in the REBUILD group, an association of individuals from our church and from “the outside world,” Cherrilynn is able to minister to the women who come seeking help. She is genuinely compassionate, kind, insightful, and spiritually helpful to those who most need a helping presence. I have observed her careful support in action, and have found that she is able to find ways to accomplish life goals with the group members when they have long since given up on themselves. She has been a strong prayer warrior for REBUILD, and has provided an in-depth speaking testimony when called on to do so. That is not to overlook her servant-heart, as she has also helped with our clothing ministry, food preparation and presentation, and kitchen management when it becomes necessary. She is versatile, and a reliable part of our team. I recommend Cherrilynn heartily and encourage you to avail yourself of her talents and gifts.
Very truly yours,
Rev. Dean R. Glover
Rev. Dean R. Glover, B.A., M.A., D.Min. Candidate ’09, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Pastor of Outreach and Mentoring, First Baptist Church of Hampton Falls, NH 03844