Below is a letter that went out to my congregation over a week ago. I wanted to share it here as well as update that I have accepted a call to be the first pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL.
Dear Highlands Family,
It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to you. After much prayer and consideration the Lord has shown Laura and me that He is calling our family to walk with Him on a new journey. It will be ten years this spring that I have served at Highlands in various ministry capacities. During this time, Laura and I have been tremendously blessed as we have grown in our love for the Lord and for you. Also during this time we were blessed with four children all of whom are covenant children of our sweet congregation. We are so thankful for how you have helped disciple and nurture our children and lead them to a deeper love of their Savior. What a blessing it has been for us to serve in a church that truly has been our family.
As it stands now, I have been selected as the nominee by the Search Committee and Session of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL to be their pastor. On Sunday, January 19th the congregation will vote to extend me a call, and Lord willing, I will appear before the Providence Presbytery in North Alabama for transfer on Tuesday, February 11th.
This is a big step of faith for the Shirleys. We are very saddened to leave Highlands, a church that we call home and a place where our dearest friends are. However, we are sensitive to the Lord’s leading and we know that He is calling us to be a part of His kingdom work in Huntsville. Cornerstone is a sweet congregation that I hope and pray will have deep bonds with Highlands.
One of the greatest joys of my time at Highlands has been serving with such a wonderful and gifted staff which makes it more difficult to leave. We are praying for Highlands, for her future and her ministry. Please pray for us as we transition to Huntsville in late February to early March. We look forward to fellowship with you in our remaining time in Mississippi. May God bless you and your family.
He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24, ESV)
By His grace and to His praise,