When I first came to Kanapaha Presbyterian Church I was welcomed with open arms. Since that time we have shared 14 wonderful years together. Throughout this family of faith has supported, loved, and nurtured me, helping me to grow into the pastor I am today. My ministry at KPC has been a tremendous gift not only to me, but also to my family. When I was invited to serve as your Pastor in May of 2003, I was convicted of God’s call. Now I believe God is calling me to serve another church. KPC will always hold a special place in my heart and I am deeply grateful for the ministry I have shared with all of you. I am confident that our faithful Shepherd, Jesus Christ, whose loving hand has been on this church for over 150 years, is in the midst of calling your next pastor.
You may be wondering what this will mean for Kanapaha Church. Below is a timeline that will serve as a guide through this time of transition:
(1) The session has called a congregational meeting for 8/20/17 immediately following worship. The purpose of this meeting will be to dissolve my call as Solo Pastor to Kanapaha Church, effective four weeks from today on September 3, 2017 after worship.
(2) I have made provision for pulpit supply for the four Sundays following my resignation. The Rev. Dan Graham, will fill the pulpit September 24 and the Rev. Fairy Caroland, will fill the pulpit on September 10, 17, and Oct 1.
(3) An Interim Pastor Nominating Committee will be appointed by the session. (An Interim Pastor’s role is to get the church ready for the next installed Pastor.) Presbytery Clerk, Sandra Hedrick, and the Moderator for the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, Kristie Hall, will guide the session through this process.
(4) I will be taking four weeks off before beginning in my new call as Pastor: Head of Staff for the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg on Monday, October 9.
With deep appreciation and love,