Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for you. Since the news about my departure was shared, my family and I have received an outpouring of love and support. There has been a great deal of sadness and many tears, but also a sense of hope and joy as we enter into the respective futures that God has for us. My last day at PPC will be Sunday, June 24th; there will be one 9:30 service that day. I would love to see you there!
When Kaitlin and I arrived in Fairport in the summer of 2014, we had no idea what to expect. All we knew is that we had a deep sense of call to Fairport and Perinton Presbyterian. For us, the past four years have served as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and abundant provision. When I started as your Associate Pastor, there was a whole lot I needed to learn. I had never been a pastor before. I had never sat with a family who had just lost a loved one. I had never moderated a session meeting. When I came to PPC, I’m pretty sure I could have counted on one hand the number of sermons I had preached. I had a lot to learn (and still do!). This has been an amazing first pastoral call; I was given space to learn, grow, and even to make mistakes. Thank you for encouraging me in my pastoral calling over these past four years; PPC has been beyond wonderful to me and to my family. The truth is I am a better pastor and a more faithful follower of Jesus because of you; I believe that with my whole heart. It has been an honor to serve Jesus Christ alongside you.
Some of you might be wondering what this summer will look like for my family and I. After my last day on June 24th, we will take some time to visit friends, and then the fun part begins…packing! We are aiming to transition to Portland in late July-early August, and I will likely begin my new call at Multnomah Presbyterian on August 13th. We would certainly covet your prayers for our family in this time of transition, and know that we are praying for you as well.
With Great Joy in Being Your Pastor,