There is never an opportune time to make announcements such as the one I need to make today.
Today at the West University Church of Christ, I announced my resignation as their Associate and Worship Minister.
Saying goodbye to those you love is one of the hardest things to do, and I find that to be doubly true as I face the task of saying goodbye to the wonderful members at West U. After nearly three fruitful years of ministry at West U, I have been called to be the Preaching Minister of a congregation in Tennessee starting at the end of September.
This was not an easy decision to make. Being the Associate and Worship Minister at West U is more than a job – it is a place of spiritual community and growth, as well as a place where I have grown as a Christian, a Father, a Husband, and as a minister.
2 months ago, this was not even on our radar. We were moving forward with our work here, recuperating from our VBS and getting ready for the next big thing. I am accepting this job because there is no doubt in my mind this is what God is calling us to do.
Since I started preaching at the age of 14, I always dreamed of what it would be like to be able to do that full time. After having served as a youth minister, campus minister, family minister, worship minister, associate minister and life group minister, God has finally seen fit to place me in a role where I will be able to do just that. I owe the preparedness I have for this job to the West U congregation, Calvin for letting me speak, and the elders for giving me so many opportunities and seeing the potential in me.
For the next step in my journey, God has seen fit to provide me a congregation to work for in Nashville, TN, which is only 20 miles from where I grew up and where most of my family lives still today. I will be serving as the full time Preaching Minister for the Granny White Church of Christ, located right next to Lipscomb University.
While living here in Houston, our closest family member has been nearly 800 miles and a 13 hour drive away, you have stepped up and become that family to us. The West U congregation has been a family to Kristen, Josie and I. Josie learned to crawl while we were interviewing for this job. They have cried with us when we lost loved ones. They have prayed for us while we were separated during mission trips. They have helped us in more ways than they will ever know.
We will love and miss you, and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
For those of you at the Granny White congregation, we look forward to our work together. We look forward to joining you soon.