I’m writing this letter to let you know that Bishop Jonathan Keaton has recently appointed me to serve as a pastor of two churches in East Peoria - Faith United Methodist Church and Dayspring United Methodist Church – beginning on July 1, 2015. I will be moving to East Peoria mid to late June to continue my ministry in Christ in that city.
Right now I’m filled with a flurry of emotions as I mourn over leaving you, am overwhelmed at the prospect of packing and moving in less than 3 weeks time, and am a bit scared, but also excited, about going into ministry in the city. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived in an urban environment, but being born and raised in the city, I’m sure I’ll adjust.
You have given me so much in the 3 years that I’ve been in Ransom. You’ve shared your talents and abilities with me to work in our church and reach out to the community, you’ve blessed me with your friendships, and you’ve let God use you to strengthen, restore, and renew me for continued ministry. I arrived in Ransom as a tired, worn out pastor and am leaving Ransom rested and refreshed. Thank you for being my oasis in the desert.
As I leave Ransom, another pastor will be coming to you probably feeling some of the same things that I am – grief, excitement, trepidation. I know that you will do all you can to make your new pastor and family feel welcome. That’s just the way y’all are – kind, giving, warm, and welcoming.
The next few weeks are going to be chaotic for all of us as we navigate through these changes. Just remember that these changes ultimately come about by God’s hand and that if we wait in the Lord, we will be able to see the threads of God’s workmanship creating something beautiful and wonderful for His glory and our good.
God bless you,