Dear People of Peace:

I write to share news that God is calling me down a new road. My last Sunday at Peace will be December 17th; my last day in the office will be Thursday, December 21st. As you might know, I have been in discernment for quite some time, since I finished seminary in 2021, really. It has been a joy, an honor and a privilege to follow Jesus alongside you over the past seven years. I have witnessed so much love, and seen God move with and through us as church together in beautiful ways. I have watched children and families grow, relationships flourish, and partnerships emerge. In seminary, as I was learning a world of new things and coming to understand the breadth and depth of what it means to be a community of Christ-followers, I experienced Peace as a powerful reflection of what church can be. Thanks be to God!

I have grown so much, learned so much, and received so much through your care and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I cherish the fact that you have helped me raise Na’im, and now he is a young man following his own path and living with his dad in Atlanta. A large part of my discernment is that I want to be near him (same city near him) for these next four years until he graduates high school – I know they will fly by. While I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing yet, I trust God to show me the way and sustain me through it. It’s terrifying and also faith-forming. I have been in a wilderness place before, and one of the things that have come out of such times was finding Peace. That is comforting!

Peace is a beautiful and resilient community. There’s been a lot of change recently, but it seems that change is also the essence of transformation…If I know something about Peace, it is that the Spirit is moving here, she is moving indeed.

With love and gratitude,