I’ve been part of Southland Baptist Church for 27 years this year. I am who I am because of God’s work in my life through our church. I think about each of the families that represent our church and all of us have a story to share that’s a memory. Much has happened over these years.
As a 12 year old boy, I came to the first Sunday of our church filled with nervous anticipation at what God was going to do. Now, I can scarcely fathom all that God has done. Countless times God has blessed me through the very ministry of our church. I’ve been both giver and much more the receiver. Here, I grew up and found my calling from God. Here, I met Azariah, married her and found our purpose as a couple. Here, my children have been born and our lives have been intertwined with yours. I owe ALL to the Lord, and much to our church.
So, it’s with profound sadness that I make this announcement. God has seen it fit that we leave this church family. He has changed our course. Today, I am announcing that we will be moving.
With this, I am also filled with hope. Firstly, because this isn’t my doing. It was truly God that has disturbed our comfort and has shown us what is next for us and conversely for Southland. I will no longer be your pastor, because God has called me to pastor Good Shepherd Baptist Church, in Brisbane. This week, they unanimously voted me in to be their new pastor.
When Pastor Wayne Sehmish called me after the shock resignation of my good friend Nathan Lloyd, I had no idea that he would ask me to pray about going there to be the pastor. I thought he was simply going to ask me to fill the pulpit and give counsel to their men. I was shocked enough at Pastor Lloyd’s resignation and those words, “Would you consider coming and pastoring Good Shepherd?” didn’t seem real. Yet, as we travelled there and back, God’s Word, God’s Spirit and all my counsellors were confirming the same thing – “Go”.