After no small amount of prayer and discussion, today I am announcing my retirement at the end of June. I am convinced that it is time for me to begin a different season of life. After completing ten years of ministry at Immanuel, and a total of thirty-nine years as a full-time pastor, I am ready to let God show me what new opportunities he has planned for me during retirement.
Scripture tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1)”. God has made it clear to me that this is the time for my retirement. As my time at Immanuel winds down there is so much we have to thank God for and to celebrate.
I will be leaving Immanuel with so many beautiful memories. It has been my privilege to Baptize and share Holy Communion with you. Together we’ve celebrated scores of marriages and we’ve worshiped literally thousands of times. I’ve shed tears with you as we have celebrated the lives of so many saints that have gone on to heaven before us. You’ve share countless personal, private moments with me as we prayed together and sought God’s will.
My wife recently announced her retirement as a school psychologist at the end of May. As you may know, we have three children, a son-in-law, a new daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren we wish to visit a lot more often than we have in the last few years. There are many projects we have not started and places we wish to visit but with our full work schedules, so much has been put on hold. Hopefully retirement will allow us the opportunity to fully enjoy life.
We never retire from serving God. While we will move into a new season in our lives, God still calls us to grow and invest our gifts and talents in the work that he is doing in the world. I am looking forward to this new season in my life.
Thank you, Immanuel!