His Final Bow
August 9th, 2015
Dear Covenant Family,
It was four years ago today that Kellye and I made it home from the hospital with our little Gabrielle in our arms. As we laid her to sleep in her bassinet next to our bed, my phone rang. Thinking perhaps it was a well-wisher, I answered it and so made my acquaintance with Dr. Sam Brassell. Following a series of phone conversations, conference calls, trips to Collierville, and one sit-down with Sam in a barbecue joint in Brinkley, AR, Kellye and I accepted the invitation to come and serve at Covenant Baptist Church.
These past three-and-a-half years spent in your fellowship have been good to us. We have grown, in number and in other ways, in our time among you. The opportunities we’ve had to minister to the students, to their families, and to the church have been priceless. The time spent in Bible Study with these fantastic young people over the past few years have been rich and meaningful. And whether it was trips to the beach for camp, afternoons at the bowling alley for our Summer Bible Study and Recreation, or 3:00 in the morning at our New Year’s Lock-in, when we met to have fun, we had fun. I could not have asked for a better church at which to really, truly begin my family’s ministry voyage.
From our very first meeting with Sam and the personnel committee, we felt at home. And from our first Sunday here with the Covenant family we felt loved, like family. We have made many friends in our time here and been blessed by too many of you too count. You have made our lives richer, you have seen us through some difficult times, and you have been more than “church” to us. You have been family.
So it is with a mixture of deep sadness and great anticipation that I must resign as youth and recreation minister here at Covenant and bid our family here a fond farewell. Sadness because we will miss you terribly. A part of our hearts will always be here with our Covenant family. Anticipation because I know God still has great things in store for you and that our departure will bring an opportunity for new relationships and new memories for you. We are also excited to be returning to our roots in Arkansas where I will be the senior pastor of East Main Baptist Church in El Dorado beginning next month. But although we look forward to joining our new family, we will also greatly miss and always think fondly of our family here at Covenant.
For all you have done, for all you have been, and for all your thoughts and prayers along the way, we are immeasurably grateful. So thank you. Thank you, students and families, for allowing me to minister to and serve you. Thank you, church family, for your support and encouragement along the way. And thank you, Dr. Sam Brassell, for seeing the potential in twenty-three year old kid in South Arkansas and believing in him, investing in him, and putting up with him for three-and-half-years as a staff member. Whatever good I may accomplish from this point forward as a pastor will be due in no small part to you and your church.
We love you all, and will miss you all. Thank you.