Dear Friends and Covenant Partners of Liberty Corner Church,
After almost eight years of ministry among you I have accepted a call to be the Lead Pastor at Evergreen Church in Peachtree City, Georgia. My last Sunday with you will be November 19. I know this seems very fast but it is best for these types of transitions to occur quickly so that both congregations and pastors can move on to what God has in store for them next.
Serving you has been both challenging and rewarding. Liberty Corner is a church that is blessed with many talented people and rich resources. It has a long history of making a difference around the world and in the local community. I have confidence that the light that has been shining from this church will continue and burn even brighter in the years to come.
Many times when transitions occur in churches people inevitably ask the question ‘why’. It isn’t always an easy question to answer. I have been asking myself that question too as I have prayed about this very difficult decision. Mary Ann and I, along with our family have established deeps ties in the community and especially in the church and we don’t leave those relationships easily or lightly. Yet, at the same time, when you are a follower of Jesus and the Spirit places a call on your heart to serve in a certain way, you go, even though it will be hard. To stay and be comfortable wouldn’t be faithful and Mary Ann and I both believe it is time for, to borrow a phrase, fresh wind and fresh fire.
We have loved our time here in New Jersey and we will miss you all very much. Peachtree City is just a few minutes south of Atlanta and you are always welcome to let us know when you will be in the area. Just as we have done with friends from around the country who found themselves in New York City for business or vacation we’d love to connect and hear about what the Lord is doing in your life.
In the end, I pray that this is not the end but just a change in the way we live and love each other. We have learned so much from you and hope you have learned something from us. In the meantime, we will say our goodbyes and know that someday, in the Lord’s own timing, we will all be together again.