A New Call and a Hard Goodbye

I am excited to announce that, beginning in January, I will be the pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA. (http://npcnc.org/) This is larger church than the one I currently serve, and they are doing some great things. I will get to work with the church staff and serve a place that seems ready for energy and creativity. The plan will be for us to move to a rental house right now and then potentially buy a house later in 2018. I will be preaching there for the first time on January 7.

I have actually been discerning God’s call for some time. I sensed earlier this year that I was going to be making move, I just could not find the right fit. I turned down several jobs or withdrew my name from consideration from a number of others because I felt a sense of God saying “no.” I will confess to being frustrated with God at times as I was wondering what he was up to.

When Northminster came open, I set up to do an interview with them. I had a good feeling going into the meeting, and about 10 minutes in I thought this really might be the place. They were sensing the same thing, and it was a God-thing that we found each other. Continue reading