November 28, 2018

Dear Saint Andrew Family,

With a mixture of sadness and great hope for the future, I’m writing to let you know that I gave my resignation to the Executive Committee last night.

I’ve been called to serve as Associate Director for Communications with Week of Compassion--the disaster relief and humanitarian aid ministry of the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ). As you know, I’ve long been an advocate of WoC’s work, and Saint Andrew is a generous contributor to this vital ministry. Since long before my time here, this congregation has been a top supporter in responding to critical needs around the world. In many ways, we will still be in ministry together, even as I move to a position in the wider Church.

In addition to being a wonderful opportunity for me--the job description is almost entirely writing and speaking!-- this position also affords the flexibility to work remotely. So we can relocate to Kentucky and be close to family. At this life stage, that is an important factor for Jeremy and me.

That does not take away the sadness that we have in leaving here. Not only has it been a gift to serve such a creative, visionary and inclusive congregation; you have been a true village for my kids. I see Saint Andrew’s imprint on their lives every day, in how they treat others and how they view the world. While we are excited to move them closer to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, you will always be their church family. And in many ways--also mine.

My last day at Saint Andrew will be Sunday, January 6. In the meantime, I’m committed to working with staff and leadership to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are already working to find an interim minister, and will put a search team in place to begin looking for a new Senior Minister as soon as possible. But first-- I look forward to celebrating another Christmas with you, and moving through this Advent season together as we all wait for some new thing God will do here.

I want you to know that serving as your pastor these five years has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’ll always be grateful for my time here, for the ways you challenged, nurtured and called out the best in me. Thank you. And may God bless you as you continue to faithfully Seek God; Create Community; and Practice Justice.

Saint Andrew Christian Church
13890 W. 127th Street, Olathe KS  66062