About Me

My name is Ethan Sayler.  I serve as the pastor of Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (PCA).  I am a man in desperate need of grace, and have been blessed to know the all-sufficient Grace of God in Christ Jesus my Savior.

I completed my undergraduate work at Sterling College in Sterling, KS in 1995, and earned a MDiv. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001.

I am married with four children (15, 13, and 8, and 6); and if I ever find the time, I love to run, read, and play with the kids.


16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for the honest web site…..I pastor in Yuma AZ…..Was looking for some different insight into “the joy of the Lord is my strength” and found your site. Thanks for hanging in there….I personally have been so busy with the practical stuff of ministry…that I let my personal relationship with the Lord slip into the “taking it for granted stage.”…Thanks for the wake up…….keep pressing on…robert

  2. Scotch and a cigar, huh?? And here I am sitting on the front porch just watching the sun go down with a nice cuban and not a good scotch in site. I left a message on your cellphone and look forward to hearing back from you. It sure would be nice to catch up an share some old memories.

  3. I am sending you a new picture to post here. Never, ever put a picture of a woman who is only a week post partum up on a website for everyone to see.

  4. Hi Pastor Ethan,

    Wow…..You have a lot to say! SMILE….I enjoy reading your posts….One of my favorites was an Oct 2009 post called “Spiritual Zombies”. Keep up the good work building God’s people. Are you on FB/Twitter?

    Sis Myisha

    • Myisha,
      Thanks for the positive comment. No, I’m not on Twitter, as much as I try to be tech-savvy, I haven’t really found the need to go that far. I am on Facebook, so look me up and send me a note there if you want.
      Grace and peace,

  5. Spoken like a true Presbyterian. It’s good to know there a men like you in the PC(USA). As member of the OPC, I do appreciate your devotional based on the Heidelberg Catechism. It’s is incredibly encouraging. Our congregation is currently going through the HC each Sunday for the entire year.

    • Nicky,
      Thank you for contacting me. I did write a devotional for my congregation a few years ago based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Your email made me realize that I hadn’t posted it to my blog, but I have added it now. If you go to the blog’s home page, you will find a link to the devotional page, and you can download a .pdf file of the devotional.
      I pray that this is devotion is helpful and draws you closer to God in your walk with Christ.
      Grace and peace,
      Ethan Sayler

      • Dear Pastor Ethan,

        Christian greetings from the Philippines! My name is Rev. Nicky Joya, a pulpit minister of United Evangelical Church of Manila (UECM), and I am writing on behalf of Bro. Lawrence Ty, the Chairman of the Board of said Church.

        I saw the material, “Westminster Shorter Catechism, A Devotional Guide” posted on the website, stcroixchristianchurch.com. After asking them who the author of the devotional was (and after a month of search), they pointed me to you as the probable author. You see, I have been looking for a material that I can give to our church members that they could use for their personal and family devotions, and I thought that this would be the perfect one. I’m sure that this would ground them on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.

        When I shared this with our Board Chair, Bro Lawrence, he was in agreement about my plan and wanted to reformat the material into booklet form. He plans to fund the printing of the booklet and give each of our attendees a copy to use for their devotions. Our church has three satellite congregations in the provinces of northern Philippines (Luzon).

        In view of this, we are asking your permission to print the material into booklet form and distribute the copies for free. We will not sell them and profit from its distribution.

        Further, we would like to put your name as the author as the material does not indicate it. We would certainly like to give due recognition to you.

        If you allow us to do this, may we also request a letter (email) giving Bro. Lawrence Ty permission to print the material with the provision that this will not be sold?

        I pray that you would prayerfully consider our appeal that would greatly benefit our church. My email address is nickyjoya@yahoo.com.
        Thank you!

        In His grip,


  6. Hello! My name is Janice Taylor from Midland, Michigan. As I was waking up from a sound sleep around 3 AM, the words, “Strength for today and hope for tomorrow” were on my mind. I couldn’t think of anything but those 7 words. I knew they were from a song but I couldn’t pull the name of the song out of the ‘hope chest’ of my brain which holds all of the songs of hope and victory, from the Lord, which I’ve acquired over my 46 years of being a Christian. I decided to wait until morning when I could google those words and discover the song which I KNEW would cause me to say…”I KNEW THAT I KNEW THAT SONG!!!” And that is just what happened. Then I wanted to investigate further into what the Lord wanted me to find through those 7 words imprinted on my thoughts earlier. I wrote in the words and a few items came up. I was drawn to the writing from WORD PRESS, since I have been on the site before. That is when your blog of 2010 came up and I read it and printed out a copy. I love simplicity. My husband and I attend a Word Of Faith Church near here in Sanford, Michigan where we are continually “well fed” spiritually. I am so thankful for our Pastor and his wife. And we have learned the simplicity of God’s Word for the 6 years we have attended. I LOVE your blog and what you wrote because it is simple. YET, so much depth in what you write. It’s not that you wrote something I don’t already know, but you put forth a perfect reminder or recall, to bring out what the Lord has been showing me and speaking to me about. AND with humor. I don’t even know if you will see this…after all it IS TEN years later! God BLESS you and your wonderful family. Thank you for sharing!

    • Janice, thank you for your kind words. I’m honored that God would use me in such a way to encourage you with the simple, yet profound truth of God’s promises. As we read in Hebrews 10, “since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
      BTW – I hope you found the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.

  7. Good day,
    I would like to place your devotional study of the Heidelberg Catechism on our local website in South Africa. Would you be willing to give permission for me to do so?

    Willem Swanepoel

    • Willem,
      I’d be happy to let you place the devotional study of the Heidelberg Catechism on your website. If you send me your email address, I’ll email you a .pdf format of it, if that will help. I haven’t looked it over lately, so there may be some typographical errors. The devotion was originally written to serve as an insert in our church bulletin each week, thus the brevity of each devotional.
      My only request is that you make no changes to the material, and that you don’t charge anyone access to use it. My prayer is that God will be glorified as the devotions, the catechism, and God’s Word, draw us closer to Him.
      Grace and peace,

    • Willem – It was a few years ago that you contacted me about using the devotion that I had written on the Heidelberg Catechism in your church. I was wondering if you had used this material, and how it was received within your congregation.

      • Good day. Nice to hear from you.
        I eventually converted your notes to a module for “theWord” and placed it on a CD which I distribute to members of our congregation free of charge. The feedback I got was very positive.

        Some families used it as part of their daily devotion.

        If you wish, I can send you the module. What is nice about theWord is that the Scripture reference will pop up when you hover the mouse over the reference.

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