This past Wednesday night I celebrated 8 years as a Staff member here at First Baptist, and for almost a decade it has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life to serve God alongside you here in Vivian. I have taken great pride in the fact that since 1902 only a couple people have served in this church as long as God has allowed me to.
Since 2005, first as Youth and Children’s Pastor and currently as Pastor I have tried to consistently teach you that as a Disciple of Jesus Christ, you must be willing to do whatever is asked of you by the Master…and today I have got to live that out in front of you. So, today I place before you with my sincerest gratitude and love my resignation as your pastor.
Last Sunday I preached in view of a call at Petal Harvey Baptist Church in Petal, Mississippi. They extended an invitation, and God has led us to accept that position as their pastor. In two weeks from Today (on the morning ofAugust 18th) I will preach my last sermon as your pastor. From there our family will move to Mississippi to begin a new chapter in our service to Jesus.
As you hear that…please listen to my heart. I have never sought to leave this church. I have never on my own submitted a resume to any other church. In fact I never put out a resume to Petal Harvey Baptist…They contacted me out of the blue a couple of months ago. Jenni and I always said that if God was going to move us from here, He was going to have to come get us. In fact we have declined some invitations in favor of staying here because we felt it to be the will of God. I am not leaving because I want to, or because I have to, or because I’m mad about something…Those of you who really know me know that if God had not of specifically told me to do this…then we would never be having this discussion. I was content to be here forever (especially because this is so close to our families…and Mississippi seems like a foreign country). This is where I first became a pastor, saw my two kids born, and have seen one of the mightiest moves of God that I have ever even heard of.
Fleshly speaking there is no reason to leave…I firmly believe that with what God has done here over the last few years and the ministerial staff that He has assembled in my Best Friend and Associate Pastor Bro. Blake / our worship leader Ms. Andrea / and our Children’s minister Stevie Adger --- the brightest days for First Baptist Vivian are on the horizon. I love First Baptist Vivian with all of my heart…and this calling has not changed that! Our ministry will always be deeply rooted with this place…Please pray for us and know that you have been and will forever be our family.
With deepest Affection