It is with such bittersweet feelings that I write to share of my resignation as your pastor.
As most of you are aware, the distance Kate and I have been from our families back East has always been difficult. Since Marigold’s birth in 2013, we’ve felt that more keenly. Now with our son due in September it has felt important for us to look for a way to live closer to them.
This spring, I submitted my profile to the denomination so that churches needing a pastor could consider me. This last Sunday, the Oakton Church of the Brethren voted to call me as their next pastor and I accepted. I will start my service with them in November.
Oakton is a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington DC. Though it is not especially close to our families, it is just a day’s drive away from Indiana, and financially, a much more feasible trip for us and our families to make. Oakton also has a parsonage, so the savings in housing expense will allow Kate to stay at home with Marigold and Moses for a few years.
Kate and I have been so grateful for the years we have been a part of Olympic View. In 2005, you gave us the warmest of welcomes. As we began our married life together, you made us part of your family.
In 2008, when my father almost died from a stroke, and later that year, when both of my parents were killed in their car accident, you surrounded us with love and understanding. Through Kate’s subsequent illness and her surgery in 2010, you carried us through. In 2013, as we started our family, you became surrogate aunts and uncles and grandparents for little Marigold. We love our church and our city and are heartbroken by the thought of leaving.
Still, our love for all of you does not diminish our sense that it is time to open a new chapter in our lives. In truth, I think it’s also an opportune time for Olympic View to discern, anew, its understanding of God’s call and its vision for how to respond. I’ve been continually amazed at the steadfast love which undergirds this community and the devotion which powers its ministries. Even when we’ve been most stretched to respond to the needs before us, we have trusted in God and risen to meet them. This transition will stretch us all some more, but I have no doubt that God’s presence will bless us mutually with new ways to grow.
The Executive Committee and I still need to sort out the details of my last few months of ministry with you. Please know that Kate and I will always treasure the love you’ve shared with us, and you will remain in our prayers. We, in turn, would welcome your prayers for us, for the remaining months of Kate’s pregnancy and for our move to and ministry in Oakton.
With gratitude and love,