Dear Friends of ZUMC,
I shared in worship services this morning I have been asked by Bishop Harvey to serve God in another church. Words cannot begin to express the feelings we have about departing from the place we have been privileged to serve for 11 years. Sadness, joy, loss, new birth, concern, and confidence are all part of what we are experiencing. Will you please take a moment to pray for us and the church in the upcoming time of transition?
Our family will move the last week of June. Until that time we will be working on the transition with Zachary’s newest pastor, Rev. Ricky Willis, who will preach his first sermon on June 29! Be sure and keep Ricky and his family in your prayers as they prepare to begin their journey to Zachary.
My wife and I are pleased and humbled by the appointment to Broadmoor UMC in Shreveport. It is a 2,700-member congregation with an excellent staff led by the well-respected Rev. Ken Irby the past nine years. Rev. Irby will remain in Shreveport as the new district superintendent.
There are some interesting family connections with Broadmoor. My wife’s grandparents, Frank and Grace Green, actually held the organizing meeting for BUMC in their living room in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and Grace gave the founding pastor, Rev. George Pearce, rides to appointments as he did not have a car! My wife’s father was a charter member of Broadmoor as well.
Please remember that the work of the Kingdom of God continues regardless of who the leaders are in each church. I urge you to increase your support – prayers, service, financial – to ZUMC in these days of transition!
Grace and peace,