Beloved members and friends of the West Walworth: Zion & East Rochester United Methodist churches, Grace and peace to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
On Sunday, February 10, 2019 it was announced at the conclusion of worship that Bishop Mark Webb has appointed me pastor of the Rush United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2019.
It has been a profound privilege to serve as your pastor, for the past 18 years at Zion, and for the past 6 years at East Rochester. My friendship and love for every one of you will never end. Our time together as been one filled with grace and growth, all the while, keeping Jesus Christ the center of our faith, worship, and outreach.
Your love and kindness makes it very hard for my family and I to leave. I am confident that God is working through Bishop Webb and our District Superintendent, Vonda Fossett, to discern, identify, and appoint an exceptional pastor to each church. Both congregations are strong and I have every expectation that you will thrive!
In forthcoming months, District Superintendent Vonda will be meeting with the appropriate teams from both churches to guide you through the appointment process. She is wonderful! I’m confident the Holy Spirit will guide this process, you will warmly welcome your new pastor, and your new pastor will bless you abundantly.
Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
With a tear in my eye, and a heart filled with love,