Hi CPD Family,
Please take two minutes to watch my video about an upcoming change in my ministry. I will be stepping down from my job at the District and this video explains why. This has been a hard decision for me, because I love serving you all. But, as you will see, I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life!
I am speaking to you by video this afternoon to share some personal news with you. As you know, COVID has turned our world upside down. I thank God that everyone in my family is healthy, but it has presented some huge challenges for my son and daughter and their spouses. They all work full time and are caring for their children at the same time.
My daughter has been able to work from home since March, but will need to return to her office full time in November. She presented me with the idea of being home with my grandchildren while distance learning is going on. My wife has already jumped in to help them (she is a retired school teacher) but both families need additional child care.
So, I have thought about it, and prayed about it, and have decided to step down from ministry with the Central Pacific District on October 31st. As all of you know, our ministry to our families comes first, I need to answer that call.
This has been a hard decision because it has been a great joy serving you over the past years. I have loved working with the Licensing, Ordination and Consecration Council to help encourage our workers in their processes. The personal relationships I have developed with workers has been the best part!
Although I was dragged kicking and screaming into the role of Business Manager, I found great satisfaction serving the Lord in this way. I am happy to see that the District is on solid financial footing today thanks to the efforts of many people in the office.
I want to thank Ray Van Gilst for inviting me to be a part of District ministry. I count him as a dear friend and have learned much from him. It is hard to leave the present staff, as well. They all mean so much to me.
I want to thank Wayne Spriggs. He has been a good sounding board and very supportive of my decision.
So, I am blessed beyond belief. I get to love on my grandchildren and reflect on some years of ministry that are very meaningful to me. May God continue to bless all of you!