Dear Friends and Members of First Church,
I suppose at some point in everybody’s career there comes a time when they begin to think about retirement. Well, with mixed emotions, I announce to you today that I will be retiring this summer, as of the first week of June.
It is with mixed emotions that I announce this because on the one hand I have felt very blessed to have been a part of the ministries of this church for the past ten years. The love, support, growth and exciting ministries that we have all been a part of during this decade have given my life great purpose. I want to thank you for those years. It saddens me to think that this part of my ministry with you is coming to an end.
But, at the same time, I am looking forward to the next phase with excitement and anticipation. I have always sought to let God use me however he might choose, and most of that time it has been as a professional pastor in churches. Now that will change and who knows what doors might open or where the Lord might lead.
In the mean-time, we have about five months of ministry to do before I take my exit. Let us work diligently together during that time to continue on the strong path that we have been following. And let us be in deep prayer for the church and the Florida Conference as the bishop and district superintendents develop a plan to bring a new pastor to you. May God bless all of us in all of this!