1) There is a right time for everything:
2) A time to be born; a time to die; a time to plant; a time to harvest…
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 — The Living Bible )
The “right time” for a transition in the leadership of Lamb & Lion Ministries has arrived.
After much prayer, extensive discussion and careful planning, the Board of Trustees of this ministry has decided the time has come for me to step aside and turn the leadership of this ministry over to a new person. That person is our current Associate Evangelist, Colonel Tim Moore.
I had originally requested that the transition take place on April 1, 2020 — the 40th anniversary of the ministry. But Tim’s current commitments will not allow him to take over until September 2021. So, we have 26 months to go as of July 1, 2019. During that time, as Tim gets freed up from his commitments, he will take an increasing role in the management of the ministry, working closely with me and Rachel Houck, the ministry’s Chief Operating Officer.
My Personal Plans
It seems like every time I have shared this decision with anyone, the first response has always been: “Don’t you know that the Bible never mentions retirement?” Well, that is not exactly correct. As a matter of fact the Bible says that the Levitical priests were to serve from age 25 to age 50, at which time they were to retire (Numbers 8:24-25).
Of course, life spans were much shorter back then, with a life expectancy of only 35 to 40 years. So, I assume my 80 years are about equivalent to their 50!
But I have no intention of retiring to a rocking chair on the front porch of my house. My plan is to move my office to my home, withdraw from any day-to-day involvement in the ministry, and focus my efforts on writing books in behalf of the ministry. I will not be doing any public speaking for the ministry. That will rest on the very capable shoulders of Tim and Nathan Jones, our Internet Evangelist.
I will, of course, be available to write articles for the ministry’s magazine and appear on our TV program, but only as requested.
My View of Transition
I believe that when a spiritual leader steps aside and transfers his mantle to a successor, he should truly surrender all control. I have witnessed too many terrible transitions where a former pastor hangs around looking over the shoulder of his successor and second-guessing all his decisions.
I have also witnessed the situation where the head of a ministry or the pastor of a church hangs onto his position long after he should have retired. This always results in stagnation. I have worked too long and too hard to build this ministry for me to refuse to get out of the way at the proper time and then watch it stagnate. I want to see this ministry continue to expand in its outreach worldwide.
Our Plans and Prayers
We have had a detailed emergency transition plan in place for several years in the event I should drop dead or become physically or mentally impaired. But we have not had a designated successor in place. Now we do. And I am delighted.
In response to our fervent prayers for such a person, the Lord got the ball rolling in October of 2013 when He motivated Tim to present me with a surprising proposal. Tim volunteered to speak on weekends in behalf of the ministry and to do it free of charge. He said he would cover all his expenses and that all honorariums would go to the ministry.
Two months later, in December 2013, Tim was elected to our Board of Trustees. At their next meeting, in February of 2014, the Board voted to accept Tim’s proposal, and they formally ordained him into the Christian ministry. At that point in time, Tim hit the ground running, and ever since, he has been preaching and teaching at churches and conferences all over the nation.
Tim has also been appearing on our television programs and writing articles for our magazine. Thus, he has already had five years of experience with us, and by the time he takes over the ministry in September of 2021, he will have eight years of teaching and preaching under his belt.
A Long Time Relationship
Tim did not just appear out of nowhere in October of 2013 when he submitted his proposal. I had met him back in the early 1990s when I held a meeting at a church in Indiana. He and his wife, Amy, became Prophecy Partners, and I started encountering them every time I held a meeting in the Kentucky area.
In fact, Tim was the one who suggested that we start holding an annual weekend conference for our Prophecy Partners. We followed up on that suggestion, and these meetings evolved over time into our annual Bible conference which we now hold each year in mid-July.
Tim is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. During his Air Force career, he was a C-130 pilot and pilot instructor. He deployed overseas on numerous occasions throughout North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. In 2001, he was activated for a year when his unit deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Afghani Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the Chief of Tactics, overseeing all combat airlift operations. He earned multiple Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medals and Commendation Medals.
Tim and his wife, Amy, have been married for 31 years. They are the parents of four children — three daughters and a son. Two of their daughters are married. Their son is also married and is following in his dad’s footsteps, having recently graduated from the Air Force Academy. They have one grandchild and another on the way.
Tim is a proven leader and high achiever. For the past five years, while speaking for us on weekends at churches and conferences, he has held down three demanding jobs. He was active in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, working as a UPS pilot and instructor, and serving in the House of Representatives of the Kentucky State Legislature. (It makes me tired to think about it!) Tim worked for us in his “spare time.” I have always wondered where he found that “spare time.”
Tim retired from the Air Force in the summer of 2018 with the rank of Colonel — an impressive accomplishment. He will complete 13 years of service in the Kentucky Legislature later this year. Over the months to come, he will be freed from all his current responsibilities. He is eager to focus all his energies and talents here when he assumes the leadership in 2021.
The Bottom Line
The most important thing about Tim is that he loves the Lord with all his heart and has an overwhelming passion to proclaim the fact that we are living in the season of the Lord’s return.
I believe the ministry is poised to take off and soar to an even higher level of outreach under the piloting hand of Tim Moore. May it be so!
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So disappointed you didn’t select Nathan!! Now, you might loose him! I feel bad for him!!! Also, I am so disappointed that you obviously think this world will just go on and on past 2021!!! Really? I dont!!
Carol, my role will remain the same as Internet Evangelist so I can focus on reaching people for Christ online.
Carol, I understand your disappointment because it stems from your (our) viewpoint as a viewer of the program. But we have to remember that we’re not there in the day to day running of the ministry. We don’t know all the facts, circumstances, prayers, or any of plans/hopes of those who work there. I’m confident that the situation was lifted before the Father in prayer for His guidance and that Lamb & Lion Ministries is obeying what they believe God has led them to do.
As Dave and Nathan have repeated for years, they believe the rapture of the church is imminent and could happen at any time! This is not their way of saying the world will carry on past 2021. This is their obedience to the scriptures to occupy until Jesus comes. We are to continue working as though we have the rest of our lives to live out because 1) we don’t know when the rapture will happen, and 2) the end of our life could happen BEFORE the rapture happens. The ministry is making good use of God’s wisdom in their decisions!
I cannot say how much I will miss you and your voice when I want to find comfort in teachings which point out our hope that we find in revealed prophecy! I listen often…a little less recently…but more now, that’s for sure! I use the internet because I don’t have cable, I go to sleep listening to you sometimes, I find such comfort in your words….I think of you in a grandfatherly way as memories of my God-fearing/loving grandfather, (who had a local radio program for over 40 years called the “Glorious Gospel of Christ”), come to mind. I lost him long ago and there is some grief involved here in the prospect of not hearing updates from you…it will be sad for me. But, I have been expecting it and I am happy for you to continue in a different way to live out your faith. I also respect Nathan Jones and have seen him grow as he has been working in the ministry… stay on the tech path Nathan as much as possible, because you never know who you might be able to reach!
Kimberly, thank you for those encouraging words! Dr. Reagan will continue to write and sometimes guest on “Christ in Prophecy,” so he’s not out of the picture until the Lord calls him home. He’ll be leaving a wealth of teachings that can be revisited when you miss him.
Nathan: I have been searching for scripture that says in the End of Days good will appear evil and evil will appear good. I found Matthew 24:12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love will grow cold.
Debbie, sound like you’re thinking of Isaiah 5:20.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
The prophecies concerning immorality in the last days can be found at https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-decay-of-society/.
Dr. Reagan: I have enjoyed all your sermons and information on Israel, Thankyou for being a leader and a light for the Lord. We understand the need for some R&R and having some time to transition into a quieter time as we get older. I am totally dedicated to gospel ministries and Lamb And Lion are one of the Best ministries to share the truth of the gospel and the prophecies of the Bible. I am sure Tim Moore will be a dedicated pastor, (The flocks need the truth of the gospel.). We surely value Nathan’s importance at Lamb and Lion and are thankful for his guidance and clarification on scripture, and showing us links to solid facts, Best wishes
Dr. Reagan you have been a wonderful bible teacher. Thanks so much. We will miss you! God bless.
wow…fabulous service we have enjoyed with you at the helm. So deserving our recognition of your tireless efforts and fabulous service to the call that Heavenly Father has put on your life. We are so pleased to have been a long-standing group of faithful listeners to your words of wisdom and program input. Best of our best wishes for your new role…SEE YOU IN HEAVEN when Heavenly Father calls us UP to be together with Him. Thanks for excellence in all that you have done. dee
Dr. Reagan, I totally understand your decision. I personally have learned much from you. All I can say is you will be missed. May God bless you for your love of His word and the discernment you have shared. Thank you
Dr. Reagan, you will be so missed, I have learned so much from your wisdom. But I understand your decision for retirement and wish you well. I know your wife has health issues and important to have that time with her. I was kind of disappointed it wasn’t Nathan as well. He is clearly knowledgeable and anointed by God and such a blessing to this ministry. But I know you decided on Tim jointly and know how to move forward with this wonderful ministry. God Bless you all.
I have listened to you for many years since 2000 when my life was falling apart in a separation from my husband when we were evicted for his non-payment of the rent. Your voice was so soothing and your words were practically out of the mouth of the wonderful Christian woman who led me to salvation and disciplined me for years until her death. I wrote you a letter at the time I first heard you, and to my amazement, you answered back! How I needed that!
However, I am really disappointed that Nathan who has always been at your side, was not selected to take your mantle. I have been passed over and it really hurts. Just because he is staying with the Internet portion, does not mean that he was not passed over in your decision. Is he going to be on “with” Tim for the programming at least? Just because he is gracious about it, as I was, I never let anyone know how hurt I was, but rolled up my sleeves nevertheless to continue at the tasks I was given, does not mean he is not feeling the sting of this. I will not stop watching, though I have not lately just due to schedule conflicts, but I am really disappointed.
But, God bless and keep all of you!
Thank you David for the inspiration you provided to me to study and teach Bible Prophecy. You have made a tremendous and lasting impact on The Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster, Ohio. God bless you and the ministry in this transition.
Dr. Reagan, Since I am only 4 years younger than you, I can understand that it just takes us longer to ‘get things done’ than it used to. It makes a shift of focus mandatory but we still serve our risen Lord. I will still look forward to your input and wisdom and may the time we have left waiting for His coming be peaceful and profitable. God bless you.
We will miss your solid teaching. We welcome your successor. Your straightforward style and zeal for the Word has made you one of my favorite teachers. Also, you and another favorite, Hal Lindsey are solid pretrib rapture as I am. I think that we will be called up in the near future and may not last until 2021. I hope I am right! Maranatha!
Thank you so much Mr. Reagan for everything you have done and been. I learned a lot from you and your programmes. I shall miss you… but you are right to take it easy now. May God bless you . With regards, Nelly Otten, The Netherlands.
YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BEACON OF HOPE AND ENLIGHTENMENT.
YOU WILL BE MISSED…
SINCERELY , JOY
I support your decision to step aside at this time. I am your same age and I know that there is a lot of opportunity once we step away from our earlier commitments and seek out things we can do to further our commitment even after so-called “retirement”. I have faith that you will be just as active as you have always been and we will all benefit from that activity! Tim is a worthy substitute and he can now start his quest just as you did back in 1980. Then one day he’ll find a suitable replacement and join you in contributing on and on. God bless you both!!!
Patricia Cornelsen, Tolar, Texas
My heart is conflicted. On the one hand, I can’t imagine the ageless Dave Reagan not being on the air. I love getting 60 minutes of information in only 20 minutes! He is a much beloved brother in Christ! On the other hand, I understand and see the wisdom in this course of action. I have trusted Lamb & Lion Ministries for many years, and I trust them now with not only this decision, but their choice in leadership. I look forward to all that is to come!
The news that Nathan will stay on in his current capacity is cause for rejoicing! I’ve never seen another person more suited or gifted for internet evangelism. Having Nathan around will lessen the hurt of missing Dave, who has MORE than earned his retirement! And who knows? We may not have to go one day without brother David because the rapture can’t be long now! Maranatha! (Even so, it’s wisdom to carry on working as though we have the rest of our lives to live out.)
Thank you for those encouraging and wise words, Jack!