I am certain by now most of you have heard my announcement concerning my coming retirement plans. I have submitted my resignation from AFC to our District Superintendent with my last Sunday being July 22. All I have known for the last 42 years is being a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene with 25 of those years being at AFC. I assure you that this decision has come with considerable prayer and consideration. The church is strong and healthy. In these twenty-five years we have gone through many changes and transitions. This city has changed dramatically in the last twenty-five years. We have had to adjust ministries to meet the needs around us. We have weathered difficult financial strains and come out strong and healthy. God has been faithful and you have responded with commitment and faithfulness. We came here with two young boys and leave with two daughters-in-law and four granddaughters. You walked with us through Linda’s two cancer treatments. For all your love, compassion, and support we will forever be grateful.
So, what does this mean for AFC? Soon our District Superintendent will be meeting with the Church Board to lay out the search/transition plan. The Church Board will interview those they would like to consider to be the pastor. Ultimately, they will make a recommendation to the church and every church member will have the opportunity to cast a vote. This MUST be a time for unity and prayer. This is a great church with great people. My retirement does not change that! The enemy would seek to use this time to create confusion and division. Don’t allow that to happen! If this has been your church home it should continue to be your church home. I believe great days are ahead for AFC. Continue to pray and seek God’s will. His leading is always right. And, as always, you will be in our prayers. Please keep Linda and me in your prayers during this time of personal adjustment and transition for us. We love you all!