This weekend was bittersweet… after one of the most fun, productive, and recharging seasons of ministry I have experienced in my tenure as a pastor, it was announced to the Orchard this weekend that Jen and I are heading to Woolridge Road Church, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, as the new Lead Pastor family. Our last weekend at the Orchard will be September 20-21.
What can I say? The Orchard is one of the best church communities in the country, and my friendship with Scott is a rare one indeed! Rarely have I experienced the candor, chemistry, and confidence in a friendship that Scott and I share… Thanks to Scott and the Orchard for the time I’ve had to work as a part of this team!
Scott and I met while I was leading a transition at a church in Naperville. I read his article in Leadership magazine and set up a meeting that same month… I wanted the church leaders of the church in Naperville to see the Orchard’s success story. Scott spoke with them and shared the story of he and his dad’s transition at the Orchard. Several months later that transition (mine) ended, but my friendship with Scott did not. And it has carried forward to this present day, as I prepare to take my family from the Orchard to our new church family at Wooldridge – a church just west of Richmond, Virginia.
So, to the Orchard family – thanks for letting Jen and I serve with you! You have been kind, accommodating, and a lot of fun to serve with! I am already preparing my last talk with you for a while on the weekend of Sept. 20-21… We will miss you all as we take a bit of the Orchard east to the Richmond area!
And to our family at Wooldridge – we look forward to sharing life with you… as soon as we pack all these boxes 🙂 The cardboard mines of Peru have had to shift into overdrive to supply the Bell’s moving needs! Seriously – pray for us as we pack and load a truck, as we look forward to seeing you all soon!