A Note From Steve

Willow family,

 

I’ve said it many times before, but it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve and be a part of this church family. I am immensely proud of the Willow staff and congregation. 

 

In August 2018, I was asked to step in as interim senior pastor, and overnight, my world changed. My family loves this church, and together we agreed that I would accept this role, knowing it would require sacrifice from us all. Their support has meant the world to me. 

 

Last week, the Elders shared that the senior pastor search is continuing. Before this announcement, they asked if I would continue serving on contract as interim pastor. After much thought and prayer, my family and I have decided that now is the time to seek what God has next for us. My last day on staff at Willow will be March 17. At that point, a new interim senior pastor will step in. I am committed to helping them transition well, even if that means making myself available beyond that date.

 

I find myself both grateful and grieving. This church has shaped me over the last 23 years. It is the church where my kids discovered their faith and where my friends came to Christ. I will carry those memories with me forever.

 

I want to thank you for being a family to me, a reflection of God’s goodness and grace, and a source of encouragement during trying times. You’ve been more kind to me than I deserve. 

 

We’ll have time to celebrate and say our goodbyes in the coming weeks—I’m not leaving quite yet! I do ask that you pray for me and my family as we seek what is next for us. God has always had this church in His hands, and I know He will be ever faithful in the days that come. 

 

With gratitude,

 

Steve


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