It is with a wide range of emotions that I am announcing my resignation today as EFC-MAYM Lead Superintendent. This decision has been coming for quite some time now, but following an extensive discernment process in partnership with our closest family, friends, and spiritual directors over the past few weeks, Carol and I have finally arrived at an inescapable reality: our leg of this race is now finished, and it is time to pass the baton.
Lord willing, I will do my best to lead us through the remaining days of our current sesquicentennial celebration, while prayerfully anticipating what our good and beautiful God may have in store for us as new leadership brings with it fresh vision and renewed passion for the future ministry of Mid America Friends. With all of you, we pray that our sesquicentennial theme passage will continue to ring true in the days ahead:
“I am amazed, Lord, at the powerful things you did in the past. Now I pray that you will do great things in our time” (Habakkuk 3:2, ERV).
The words “thank you” seem far too inadequate to express the depth of profound gratitude we have in our hearts for each one of you as faithful friends and precious partners in the ministry of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The good news is that these relationships will continue in the days ahead, regardless of our respective roles and responsibilities. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, bound together by the precious blood of the Lamb. It flows through our spiritual veins and sets us apart as beloved children of the living God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and that is a sacred and secure bond that will last for all eternity.
“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 it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).
Grace and peace,