There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3:1
Want to know two things about me? I love hellos … whether they be as simple as greeting people on a Sunday or as epic as the day I landed in the DRC and first embraced our fifth daughter Joella, I love hellos. I hate goodbyes! Whether it is saying goodbye to friends after a great dinner filled with conversation or saying goodbye at the airport putting a daughter on a plane … I don’t like them.
As we venture into a new season at PCC, stepping in earnest into Vision 2025, it means some wonderful hellos (Hello Danny in Family Ministries, Kelley in Preschool, Tara in Accounting, and Victor in School Age Child Care!), and it means some goodbyes. The goodbyes come as some staff feel called out of PCC, and for others, because of department restructuring that causes transition. We have been working with staff through both realities and I need to share with you about two more transitions that will be coming this fall.
Dain Jepson will be transitioning off of staff, effective November 1. You can read Dain’s letter HERE. With a recurring growing awareness, he has sensed for sometime that his season at PCC coming to a close. Dain (and his wife Terry) have served so faithfully these past 9 and a half years, and we are indebted to the difference the Jepsons have made.
Ben Pierce will be transitioning off of staff, effective November 30. As the People Development (PD) Team is restructured to Vision 2025, the centralized small groups pastor role that Ben filled will be decentralized within the responsibilities of each Gathering Pastor. You can read Ben’s letter HERE, as well as a note from Brian Rhen about the overall changes in the PD department.
Having sat in these (and other previous) transitions, I am keenly aware of the myriad of emotions that will surface. I have been experiencing many of those emotions, too. I am grateful that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of PCC and is shaping His bride for our future and His kingdom. Both Dain and Ben love PCC and we love them and we will be forever grateful for their impact at PCC. Their labor is not in vain.
More hellos are coming. Pray for those! We are actively searching for the women and men God is bringing to serve at PCC and we will keep you aware of what’s happening with both interim and long term hiring that is in the works to shape PCC for our future. In the meantime, I am personally grateful for your prayers in this season of transition:
- For our community, for passion for our vision and mission, for the 10%
- For transitioning staff
- For current staff
- For future staff, including Ian Pitter and his family who will arrive this November, but will be with us this Sunday leading worship in the 9:05 and 11:00 gatherings.
PCC, as we walk through these transitions together, may it be said of us that “they also recognized them as men (and women) who had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
I love being your pastor!