This Sunday, I shared with Hope Church some changes that are being made in my life in regards to my ministry with The United Methodist Church, and I want to share some of that with you here.
Andrea and I have spent a great deal of time over the last 8 months talking and praying through our life, our priorities, and our goals. Part of the process was that my passion is with the local church. I love serving the people of the church and community and seeing them connect and grow in their faith. One of the difficulties during the past three years was that as a pastor and campus minister/chaplain I felt like to couldn’t do either job to the level that I wanted to. So last Wednesday, I turned in my resignation as campus minister/chaplain at Wesley College, effective June 30th. I have enjoyed my three years serving Wesley College. I can think of many great conversations, times of pray, and ministry here at the college. I am grateful for the many great students, faculty, and administration members who encouraged me during my time here.
While I resigned from Wesley College, I will continue to be the pastor at Hope United Methodist Church. We have been through a lot together over the past five years and I am looking forward to the next five (Lord, willing!). I believe that Hope is in the right place to be a vital congregation in downtown Dover.
In addition to Hope, I will become the pastor at Magnolia United Methodist Church in Magnolia, DE beginning June 28th. Magnolia Church is at the epicenter of a small but growing community just south of Dover. I am excited to get to know the people of Magnolia and to see how both Hope and Magnolia can make famous the name of Jesus in Kent County!
As you read this update, please keep me and our family in your prayers as we make this transition. Pray for Hope and Magnolia Church that we would be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus. Pray for Wesley College and their search for a new chaplain that spiritual growth and development will continue to be part of the Wesley College experience.
Thank you for sharing and may God bless each and every step, sir!
Thanks Chris! Hope you are doing well!
So happy to hear you’re not leaving Hope and Magnolia Methodist Church will be lucky to have you:) Good Luck to you & the family!
Good luck and God bless as you make the transition work Steve. Your church and community you are serving are so lucky to have found you.
Thanks Char! Hope you are well!
Praying for you, Andrea and the kids as you make this transition. (Say hi to her for me!) 🙂
Thanks Karen! The prayers are greatly appreciated. I hope you, Matt, and the family are doing well!
Good luck to you as you make this change and continue down the path that God has set before you. We will keep you and your girls in our prayers and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you, your family, and these churches.