I am going through a change of employment soon. I have resigned my position as Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, Murfreesboro, TN (a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), effective August 31, 2019.
I did this to accept a position in the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA as Assistant to the Bishop for Formation and Communication, effective September 1, 2019.
I have been blessed to serve Advent LC these past 7 & 1/2 years, and I look forward to the adventures to come, so that I might serve as a resource to the congregations in our synod, which spans the states of GA, MS, AL, and TN.
This synod raised me, essentially, from 6th grade (when we moved to Lilburn, GA) and became members of All Saints LC, Lilburn, GA. The faith leaders there built up my understanding of God’s Grace for all people. They gave me chances to step forward in leadership and absorbed my faults with great kindness. They inspired me to look beyond myself and supported me financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
I later served All Saints LC for one year, as a youth leader, before my wife and I took the leap to head off to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, in Columbia, SC, where we spent two years leanring and growing together as a family.
That took us to Bethlehem, PA, for a year of internship at St. Peter’s Evangelical LC, followed by one more year back at seminary.
I was ordained at Rock of Ages LC, in Stone Mtn, GA, in 2007, where my father-in-law serves as Pastor. (That is also where Kelly and I were married and Rock of Ages was Kelly’s home church for all of her growing up years.).
Then on to Greeneville, TN, where I served for 4 & 1/2 years in my first call as Pastor of the beautiful people of St. James LC, Greeneville, TN, a 200+ year old congregation!!! (They really know how to absorb the foibles of first time pastors like me.)
That then landed me in Murfreesboro, TN, where for a few more days, I serve as the Pastor of the extraordinary folks of Advent Lutheran Church.
Things have come full circle for me. The synod that has served me my whole life now allows me to return the favor. I will seek to serve the congregations of this synod and the ELCA at-large. I will do my best to gather and distribute resources for faith formation and communications. I am eagerly looking forward to serving…to giving back.
(Oh…by the way…this blog will continue! My job changes, but my (almost) daily digging into the Scriptures is a must for my spiritual health and that of my family.).