To my Beloved Wesley Freedom Family and Friends,
As I return to serving as the Assistant to the Bishop, I want to take this time to express my gratitude and appreciation. First, I want to thank God for the privilege and the pleasure of having been in ministry and mission with God’s people known as Wesley Freedom UMC. Initially, I must admit that I didn’t fully see God’s discernment; but, as I look back over the past 12 months, I can truly say I know our paths were destined to cross in this most unusual season of service.
Secondly, I thank Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling for following the Holy Spirit’s prompting to send her A2B (Assistant to the Bishop) to offer leadership, laughter and love to the fabric of WFUMC.
Thirdly, I thank all of Wesley Freedom’s servant leaders, servants, volunteers and persons of faith who made room in your hearts and at the table for me, your Interim Pastor. Graciously, you offered space for someone who understood that he only had one year to help hold things together, challenge things that could be seen differently and assist building a bridge that would usher Wesley Freedom into God’s preferred future.
Fourthly, thank you for all of your kind words, thoughtfulness, encouragement and “putting up” with me … my spirited preaching, prayers, singing, songs and desire to introduce persons to Jesus. And finally, as I walk into my next season, I close with these words from a Marvin Hamlisch classic from the musical, A Chorus Line … “Kiss today goodbye,
And point me toward tomorrow. We did what we had to do. Won’t forget, can’t regret, what I did for love …” Remember, God is LOVE (1 John 4:16).
Peace, prayers and continued blessings, – PTL