Last night at Session, John and I announced our intention to retire this coming May.
We have been so blessed to serve here and to have been a small part of the larger story that the Lord has written and will continue to write in and through this great church.
This decision comes with hearts filled with gratitude for fourteen years at Liberty — we have loved this church! We can’t believe that it was 14 years ago that this church interviewed us about becoming your Pastors. After meeting some of Liberty’s members and seeing the Barn in all its glory at Christmastime, how could we say no?
So, in Easter 2006 we came trusting that the Lord was calling us here to begin a partnership in sharing the good news and amazing grace of Jesus Christ. It has been an action-packed fourteen years for us all – from preaching God’s word to building the Carriage House, from serving with such a gifted staff and amazing elders and deacons to the inception of Stephen Ministry, from the privilege of hospital and home visits to serving in the “bottoms” of Columbus. We have more memories to cherish than we will be able to fit in our suitcases! Our hearts overflow at all the Lord has done.
But it is time for us to retire and move closer to our children. We will be ending up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where our daughter Carolyn and her husband Bryan live.
Our last Sunday will be May 3rd, with a final opportunity to break bread together.
Our life here has been filled with so many blessings. We are grateful for your warm welcome of these two New Jersey refugees, your caring, and your invitation to share in both life’s greatest joys and life’s deepest challenges. Above all, we are grateful for your living out our mission statement, “To connect and reconnect with our Lord and to build a lifetime of discipleship.”
Thank you for your prayers and your friendship.
With all Blessings,
Becky & John
P.S. In coming Links and here on the website, we’ll sketch out the “nuts and bolts” of the months ahead, including hiring a transitional pastor, and of calling your new pastor.