I asked Pastor Rick if I could take a minute this morning and share with you some things that have been going on in my life. Over the past year, the Lord has really placed a burden on my heart to be involved in more of a preaching and leading ministry. This burden, when discussed by those closest to me, has been overwhelmingly affirmed.
As I have been praying about this desire, the Lord has opened up a door for ministry where I feel this burden and my giftedness can best be used for the Kingdom of God. This last week, I accepted a position of Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Church in Middlefield, Ohio.
There are many reasons why Monique and I have chosen to take this position, and I would be glad to share them with you at some point. For now, please listen very closely to what I am going to say. My leaving has nothing to do with Grace Bible Church, the people or the leadership of this church. For over six years, I have counted it a privilege to be able to serve with you and for you in the progress of the gospel in Hutchinson and Reno County.
My desire to leave has everything to do with a calling upon my life to lead and preach. And in that, I would certainly covet your prayers. I remember the first day driving into town as Monique and I had no idea what was in store for us. We were moving to Kansas, a place I honestly thought we would never live. Well, because I’m now a Kansan, I guess I can say, it’s been “a wild ride, baby!”
As far as a transition, that has not been decided as of yet. I will meet with the elders tonight to discuss what they would like to see of me in this transition and the timing of it.
So many of you have meant so much to us on a very personal level. We love you and will continue to pray for you as a church. I am confident of this one thing: that those of you who have been closest to us, I know it was God that began the work in your life and it will be God that will perfect it in the end.
We love you!