It is with mixed emotions that I submit my resignation as minister of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva as of September 30, 2020. My plan is to retire and hope to spend more time with my family in the Midwest. And, I’d like to enjoy my retirement at a slower pace.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your installed pastor and interim. I will have been in this beautiful country and community seven years as of January 15, 2020. We have accomplished so much in this time. I look around at the number of children who participate in worship and play such an important part in our church and thank God. We are blessed with the next generation which gives me great hope for PCGNY. People are joining the church because we have an active and growing intergenerational congregation. I believe the future is bright. And, God will continue to open up possibilities.
I am working with the Committee on Ministry chair, Ellen Donnan and the Presbytery Leader, Susan Orr concerning our next steps. Be assured that we will take definitive steps towards finding your next pastor. You have already begun the task of writing a Mission Study with the fall gathering. I suggest another congregational table talk to discuss what this congregation would like to see in the church and in their next pastor.
As we move through each of these steps, keep in mind that this is a marvelous congregation and God is with you.
Ephesians 3:20 has been my prayer since my doctorate degree.
“I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”