Dear FUMC Family,
It is with such a heavy heart that I write this letter. EJ and I have been offered an opportunity to move back to the southeast, Asheville, NC, putting us a lot closer to our family, and we have decided to take it. For EJ and me, it was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make, but it’s one we believe is the right move for our expanding little family, as it puts both her parents and mine less than a half-day’s drive away. However, though we are glad to be getting much closer to family, we are incredibly saddened to be leaving FUMC and our Fort Worth family.
Fort Worth and FUMC have become home away from home for both of us, and everyone here has meant the world to both of us. From the moment I took the position here at FUMC, I have personally felt that this was a dream job for me, a place I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to serve. I deeply love this church, and I love all of you so very much. I mean it when I say that my heart is incredibly heavy. You all make FUMC what it is. I tear up at the thought of the day I am no longer in the Justin to welcome and awkwardly high-five everyone who walks through that door.
When I got hired on here I was known as the “hope” guy. So I want to leave with that same tone. My hope is that I have been able to leave the youth ministry better than I found it. I hope that I have been able to provide our youth, volunteers, and youth council with a place that isn’t my youth ministry, but theirs. This incredible group of people has made it easy to do incredibly meaningful youth ministry. Finally, my hope is that I have been able to help create a space where Jesus is tangible and where our teenagers have been able to whole-heartedly feel and know that God loves them.
I love you all deeply.
Grace and Peace,