In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3
While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.
I am so grateful and thankful for the many years of great life and ministry in Fresno. I have raised my boys here; I have lived longer here than I’ve lived anywhere my adult life; I’ve had the opportunity to build rich and meaningful relationships and friendships; and I have experienced great mentoring in pastoral leadership from Pastor Jän and will be forever grateful for the lessons of faith, inclusiveness, grace, and servant leadership he has demonstrated since my arrival at NewCov on January 1, 2000.
I will always carry in my heart the NewCov family and the opportunities I’ve had to grow and minister. NewCov will be a part of any future ministry I am a part of, as the NewCov family is a part of me. I am thankful for their faith in me and their patience with me. It has been a true joy and blessing to be a part of the NewCov family and I will always treasure my ministry and life in Fresno.
I now ask that you would consider partnering with me in prayer as my family and I embark on this new journey the Lord has for us: selling our house, moving across the country, and starting a new ministry. The youngest blonde boy will need prayer as he transitions to a new school and a new way of life. Please pray for the oldest blonde boy, as he will be leaving for boot camp (MCRD) at the beginning of February. And while we are adjusting to a new home, our new family dynamic, and real winter weather, I will be ramping up in my new ministry. Yep… LOTS OF PRAYER is welcomed!
The current plan is that I will transition out of my official role and duties at NewCov at the end of November. We are hoping to be on the ground in Siloam Springs near the beginning of the year. While I am not one for Christian cliché, there is one that is entirely appropriate in this situation:
I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.
The steps we are taking now are still in the process of being written. Thank you for being a part of the journey!