Monday, November 28, 2022

This year at our diocesan council the theme for the weekend was taking from the words of the prophet, Isaiah.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Isaiah 43:19

It is the same verse that I have written and spoken about the past two years at Saint Anne’s. A promise and a hope that God is actively engaged in our lives, we just need to open our eyes to see it unfolding.

A little over a month ago Tim shared with me that he was invited into a discernment process for a new call. That process has moved quickly, and he has indeed been called to be the next rector of St. Matthew’s in Snellville. He will share the details in his letter below. While I was excited for this opportunity, I personally and selfishly did not take joy that he might be leaving us. But God is doing a new thing for and through Tim.

I am grateful for Tim’s ministry at Saint Anne’s: for his guidance and collegiality as I entered the system during COVID when I was not able to even see your faces. He has been a stabilizing presence through transitions, a good preacher, teacher, and pastoral care giver. He has been a blessing to this place, and we will never be able to thank him enough. I will miss him, and I know you will miss him as well. But we can take comfort in the knowledge that God is doing a new thing.

Soon, you will receive information about how we will celebrate this transition. As I have said many times change is a constant in the church. Transitions happen all the time. They are a normal part of life. How we acknowledge and celebrate change is a measure of our spiritual maturity. And I know that this community will celebrate Tim, Whitney, Henry, and Lydia well as we ask God’s blessing on this next step in their ministry as a family. In all of this, we can have confidence that God is at work doing a new thing.


Dear People of Saint Anne’s,

During my first sermon at Saint Anne’s, I mentioned three guarantees in life: paying taxes, our mortality, and Chick-Fil-A will always be closed on Sundays. I also added a fourth guarantee which is change. Change happens, and we can always expect that change will be a part of our journeys through life.

Saint Anne’s has been an integral part of my life and ministry over the past five years. I have grown as a priest, teacher, and pastor, and I am genuinely grateful for the love and support shared with my family and me by the community. I have rejoiced with many of you through baptisms, special occasions, and anniversaries. And we’ve had some unexpected things happen, such as online church during the worst part of the pandemic. And who could forget when my daughter Lydia decided to be born on Holy Saturday in 2018, and I missed Easter services that year?

I mourned with the community through the deaths of those who have gone to their eternal home with God, and I walked through life’s struggles with many of you. I have prayed, laughed, cried, fist-bumped, high-fived, hugged, and learned from the people of Saint Anne’s, and experienced a remarkable chapter in my journey with faithful followers of Jesus. We have been through many transitions, and while some have been difficult, God’s presence and the perseverance and resilience of the community have always carried us through these changes.

Discernment has always been a part of my life, and I am attentive to God’s presence and where the Holy Spirit guides me. Through prayer and feeling the Holy Spirit’s movement, I have discerned with Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Snellville, Georgia, and share with you that I have accepted the call to become the parish’s next rector. While I am sad to end my ministry at Saint Anne’s, I am excited to see where God will lead me during my new call and the opportunities and holy work ahead with the people of Saint Matthew’s.

I have started working with Buddy, the vestry, and the staff to ensure that my areas of responsibility and ministry will continue. My last worship service will be on Christmas Eve, and I ask your prayers for Henry, Lydia, Whitney, and me as we begin the next chapter of our lives. I will keep Saint Anne’s and this time of transition for all of us in my prayers.

Thank you for your steadfast witness to the Gospel in Buckhead and for helping me become a better person and priest.

God’s Peace,