[originally sent via email to Riverside email list on Thursday, March 16, 2017]
I wish I could speak with each of you in person, but this email provides the best opportunity to share with everyone at the same time.
This week I notified Riverside’s Staff and Leadership Team that I have accepted a new position as the Executive Director of the Tracy Family Foundation in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.
I have not searched for new job opportunities and did not anticipate this possibility, but after considerable prayer and discernment we have decided that this position is God’s next call for our family. As you know, God has given me a deep passion to help our world experience God’s Kingdom through service and this opportunity will give me the chance to be actively involved in faith-based community development in Western Illinois, my home region.
We want to say very clearly to you that there is nothing negative that has prompted this decision. Our love for Riverside has made this the hardest decision of our lives. We have absolutely no reason to leave and this makes the choice both more difficult and more compelling. We are not running from anything, but towards something new that God is doing in and through us.
Dana and I have loved serving Jesus with you and cannot name all of the ways that you have discipled, encouraged, and supported us over the years. We have lived life together in nearly every way and you have helped to form who we are today. You have always cared for our family and have consistently loved us through joys and hardships.
I am amazed at all of the things that God has done through Riverside over the past 9 years and I am especially proud of the character and competence of our staff, our renewed emphasis on discipleship, our bold decision to remain in our current space for the foreseeable future, and the many community and global partnerships we have built. Riverside is and will continue to be a very special church.
I plan to continue to serve Riverside through June 30, 2017. This will allow me to help Riverside begin a healthy transition process, encourage the support of Riverside’s building improvements, and lead Riverside’s Ecuador mission trip in June. It is important to me that you remember that Riverside is not one leader, but hundreds of people that will continue to follow Jesus, share life, and serve others in Tippecanoe County and beyond. Although this transition will be difficult, Riverside is vibrant and healthy and will continue to be salt and light in our world.
We cannot express how much we will miss you and we hope to connect with each of you personally over the next few months.
Riverside Covenant Church
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21