“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
In the fall of 2013, after many months of prayerful discernment, I followed what I believed to be a clear impression from the Lord to express my willingness to serve as your yearly meeting superintendent, if called upon to do so. It is now five years later and, after many months of prayerful discernment, I am once again following what I believe to be a clear impression from the Lord to announce my resignation. Lord willing, I anticipate completing my time as general superintendent on June 30, 2019.
There are many factors that have led to this decision, of course, and it is impossible to summarize the entire process in a short letter, but it has become increasingly clear to me in recent days that my season in this role is coming to a close and it is time to pass the torch to another torch bearer. As servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are all called to be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our Master, and to do so with open hands, knowing that these resources are not ours but His.
It has been a great honor to serve our extended family of Friends here in Mid-America in this role. My greatest hope and prayer is that I have been able, in some small measure, to bring glory to our heavenly Father and to enhance the work of His kingdom here on earth.
Carol and I are not sure exactly what the Lord may have in store for us during the next season of life and ministry, and I don’t know at this point what relationship we may have with the yearly meeting, but we are committed to supporting the mission and vision of EFC-MAYM wherever we may be called to serve in the days ahead. Regardless of our job title, we will continue to love and support our fellow pastors and church leaders to the very best of our ability.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, dear friends and colleagues, my heart is overflowing with deep gratitude for each one of you …
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry in on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).
Grace and peace,
– David O. Williams, General Superintendent