After eleven wonderful years as pastor of Cairo First Church of the Nazarene, it's with a heart full of gratitude that I announce my resignation, effective January 28.
Eleven years is lengthy tenure for a Nazarene pastor--nearly three times the average. But, the great people at Cairo First have made it more than worthwhile. I've formed wonderful relationships over these years that will be treasured. While there's always a touch of sadness that comes with saying goodbye, however, there's also the excitement of a brand new hello.
There’s nothing more fulfilling in life than doing the will of the One Who calls and sends us. When the Lord called me to the pastorate in 1996, He took me to Mark 6, where He sent His Disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Now, two decades later, He’s brought me to Mark 6 once again, where He also told His disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
The Lord has opened the door of opportunity for me to rest awhile from the pastorate, to be fed and nurtured spiritually, and to answer His call for the second half of my life, whatever that may bring. I’ve followed His lead faithfully through sixteen years in the pastorate and over twenty years of preaching the Word. As He leads in a different direction for a season, I'll continue to follow Him wholeheartedly, believing that He knows what's best, and will never lead where He doesn't provide.
As for where I go from here, I'll be spending a few months in Savannah to reconnect with my family there and be present for Mikaela and Ethan's wedding, then make my new home in Minneapolis, MN, where more family is waiting.
I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I transition into the next phase of my life. I look forward with anticipation to discovering what His ongoing plan for me holds, and trust Him with all of the details.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!