To my entire church family at Bethany,
As I sit writing this after submitting my resignation, I want to share some things with all you that I simply cannot do adequately in person.
You have never let me down. We all have up and down relationships with everyone we know. I know that I have failed at times and you have been gracious. I have never had a point in this ministry where I wondered if you had my back.
You have been a constant source of good encouragement for my entire ministry. I cannot recall the number of cards, text, calls and “pop into my office” I’ve had here during my ministry. You guys went above and beyond to help to me navigate this very difficult path of ministry and sickness.
I have never doubted God’s call for me to come to Bethany. There has never been a Sunday afternoon, or Wednesday night that I have laid in my bed asking “God, was it a mistake for us to come here?”. I can look back and see God’s hand moving and leading us to Bethany. I thank God!
I am thankful for the great grace you have shown me over the last year. As my voice has worsened and mobility has lessened, I never heard anyone complain, never got an anonymous note telling me it was time for me to go. You showed up, listened and smiled. The Deacons really stepped up (I hope you know how good of a team of Deacons we have!).How awesome is that? I’ll tell you, it is AWESOME!
Wendie and I (and E, B, &A) love you more than you will ever know. We are so thankful to have spent this time in my ministry and our life with you!
May God richly bless each and every one of you, and may God bless you with a wonderful shepherd who will preach the word and guard your souls!
In fervent Christian love,