It has been an honor to serve among you as your Bishop. As I walk through this time of transition, I am experiencing a multitude of emotions. I am grateful for your friendship and I am sad to be leaving the Synod John and I have lived and served in for almost 30 years.
I move on with deep appreciation for the Synod staff, the colleagues I have worked with over the last 5 years. They are good, faithful people, every one of them, committed to this good gospel work.
I leave with a sense of accomplishment in some things and a sense of things left undone in others. Most of all, I am excited and hopeful for what God’s future holds, both for me and John personally as we move into our next ministries closer to family, and for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin under the very competent and visionary leadership of Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.
I am very excited to begin my next call. The good people of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, Minnesota, have done me the great honor of calling me to be their next Lead Pastor. I will join Pastor Ivy Huston and many other folks on staff and in the congregation in embracing our call to be the heart and hands of Jesus. If you are ever up in the Twin Cities area, stop in and worship with us – or just drop by for a cup of coffee. The address is 2499 Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN 55109. It would be good to see you.
I will miss you. It has been my greatest joy to get to know you and your congregations better over the last 5 years. It has been so good to see so many people living together in families of faith, making an impact in our communities and the world for the love of Jesus and the sake of the gospel. Christ’s Church stands as an example of what this world can be, a model of the holy community God dreams. Continue to live in that dream.
By your hands, may love be shared
By your voice, may peace be spoken.
By your eyes, may beauty be seen.
By your ears, may truth be heard.
By your life, may the song of Christ be sung!