On the morning of Thursday, September 25, we woke up to a Facebook message that really struck us as moving. Ramona Lee Wallis of Visalia, California informed us that her son—Able Baker—is considering moving back to the area after living in Canada for years.
Able is interested in looking for work in the Central Valley, and has backgrounds in all kinds of different areas, specifically working as a Pastor.
What truly stood out about Able is that he told us, via email.
“I am preparing to leave British Columbia, Canada after four years of pastoral work here. My ministry work permit is coming to an end. We will be moving back to the states sometime in November. Visalia is on my radar of potential places to go because I have family and friends there.
I have made a personal decision to not minister professionally in a church that is not open and affirming toward the LGBTQ community, and not egalitarian in its position toward women.”
With that, we were sold!
Able’s stance on equality for all human beings is outstanding, and not something we often see in these parts of California. Should he choose to make Tulare County his home, he would make for a refreshing new face in the religious community, as well as a dedicated straight ally.
That being said, let’s help him out. It’s evident the Central Valley can benefit from a kind spirit like Able, so let’s help him get here by making his job search easier!
Although much of his niche has been found in ministry and pastoral services for churches, he also has ample experience in Crane Truck Operating, Advanced Roadwork, School Bus Driving, Facility Maintenance, Security, and in Construction.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!