Thirteen years ago this past June, the Ballston Spa Church extended a call for me to serve them as pastor and join together with you in service to Jesus Christ in Albany Presbytery. Throughout these years my calling has always been very clear and God has done amazing things in me, in the church and in our presbytery.
With the same sense of call that led me to Albany Presbytery, I have been led to accept a new call stepping out of a church pastor role to serving on the staff of the Presbytery of Northern New York. Although I was not actively searching, God placed this opportunity before me and at every step it became clearer and clearer that I was being called to pursue a new avenue for serving God’s church.
To say that this was a difficult decision is an understatement. Words cannot express what an incredible blessing the church and presbytery have been to me over these years. As a pastor in my first call, so many were gracious with me as I “cut my teeth” in the world of pastoral ministry. Serving the church helped me to grow in faith and hone my skills as a preacher and worship leader. Serving the presbytery, I was given the opportunity to develop problem solving and leadership skills, especially as I stepped into leadership roles on the Committee on Ministry.
My final Sunday at the Ballston Spa Church was August 7th and I begin my new role as “Resource Presbyter” for Northern New York Presbytery at the end of August. On June 11th I was accepted, if the way be clear, as a member of NNY presbytery.
What is unique about this newly designed position is that it allows my family (Emilie is now 13 and Ethan is 11) to stay in our home in Ballston Lake, working from a home office and traveling at 2-3 times a month to be on the ground.
Northern New York Presbytery has not had a staff person for close to 8 years and recently came to the conclusion that resourcing and support are what they need most. My new position as “Resource Presbyter” will entail helping to build relationships within the presbytery (which spans from Plattsburg to Watertown) and provide resources to strengthen the pastors and churches that often feel isolated due to their remote location.
I wish this information could have been delivered to many of you in person. I plan to be in attendance at the October 1st presbytery meeting and hope to connect personally with many of you and share more about my new call.
With love and appreciation for your faithfulness to God and Albany Presbytery,