October 10, 2021
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1.3-4).
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
For the last ten years, St. Michael’s has been more than a church to me, more than a job, more than a ministry. You have been my family. From the day I arrived in the Spring of 2012, you welcomed me, loved me, and cared for me, as Christ himself.
Therefore it is with a full heart that I share with you how the Lord is calling me to a new parish and season of ministry. Last week I accepted a call from the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, SC, to serve as their rector. I feel tremendous excitement about this new adventure, but have also discovered how heart-rending it is to say goodbye to dear friends. As I said, my heart is full.
The past ten years have been without question, the best ten years of my life. I am a different person from having spent this time with you and have grown tremendously through your witness and devotion to our Savior. Truly, the trajectory of my life and family will never be the same.
In the coming weeks there will be more goodbyes and thank-you’s, but today, I do want to especially thank Fr. Al and our vestry for taking a chance on an inexperienced country boy from Minnesota. You saw things in me that I didn’t even see in myself and have drawn out the best of the gifts God has given me. Thank you for the honor of serving here with you.
My last Sunday will be October 31st, and my last day in the office will be Nov. 3. In the coming days I look forward to saying goodbye more personally and to celebrating the extraordinary things the Lord has done in our midst.
May the Lord bless you abundantly to know the heights, depths, and breadth of His love, today and always!
With love and gratitude in Christ,
And a message from the Rector: