2 weeks ago was a very special day for me, I began my 11th year of ministry here at Westhill. For the past 10 years Cami & I have poured our hearts and souls into this church and this church has poured their hearts and souls into our family. We have experienced incredible relationships with truly loving and compassionate people. I did not grow up at Westhill, but I did grow up at Westhill. This is my first job, my first home, where I got married, began our family, had our children, developed leadership and a passion to preach. Abilities I never saw in myself. Best of all, I believe the best days for Westhill are still to come. Unfortunately, we will not be a part of that future.
Cami & I have accepted a job to become the Preaching Minister at the Shiloh Rd. Church of Christ in Tyler, TX. We will begin this time of transition next week. We will be in Tyler next weekend with Shiloh Rd. to be introduced to the congregation. We will return to finish out the summer with VBS and Summer Camp. Our last Sunday at Westhill will be Sunday, August 4th. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make but one we have felt God is calling us to for a while. God has opened every door through this process and we believe it is where He has called us. I am constantly telling our students to listen to the call of Jesus and follow His voice. What kind of a person, much less minister would I be if I ignored my own advice. Following Jesus does not mean life will be easy, in fact, it will probably be more difficult but it is what I have given my life to do.
We have a plan in place for Westhill Student Ministries as we go forward that many of you will be a part of. We have also have begun to discuss the new Student Minister, and putting feelers out to get some leads on possible candidates. We are not leaving because we no longer love this church, this is our family. We are not leaving because of a “better job.” We are making the choice to leave Westhill because we feel God is calling us to begin a new chapter in our ministry together and we want to be faithful to his call.
This verse has hopefully been the foundation of our ministry here at Westhill and the foundation for ministry from the adults we have surrounded you with. So I leave you with the message Paul gave to the church at Thessalonian.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.