At the time you read this you likely know that we elected David Kling to serve as our Associate Pastor, to begin work in late July. He still must pass his examination before the gathered body of North Alabama Presbytery on July 19. We are confident he will. David will preach on Sunday, July 31st. I want to thank the Associate Pastor Search Team for their good work: Robin Strong, Ray Rowley, Lora Keiser, Debbie Hester, Martha Lehmann, Nita Maddox, Steven Herriott, Tom Cunningham and Joe Jones. They have done an excellent job.
With the addition of Steven Herriott (Director of Youth and Families), Lana Stapler (Executive Assistant to Pastors), Ben Tieslau (Director of Music), we now have an outstanding staff to join me, Cyndy Sarkisian, Betty Augsburger, Susan Pendergrass, Alice Searcy and Eddie Glasser. I am overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude.
Now a few details to inform you of our plans:
- Ben Tieslau will begin as our new Director of Music Ministry on July 1. He will be helping with worship and planning during July.
- Second, Richard Brooks will continue to serve as our Assistant Pastor through July 31st as I will be away on vacation and study leave to plan worship and preaching for the year. Following this, Richard will spend some special time enjoying a second try at retirement with his family. In the Fall we will sit down and consider ways he may serve among us as a volunteer Parish Associate. Richard has become a good friend and colleague during the past seven months. More importantly, he has become one of the pastors of Covenant. He has served us well and you have extended a warm welcome and acceptance of him. Thank you.
- Our primary task will be to help our new staff grow into their leadership roles. I ask you to pray for them and be open to ways you can help them.
I continue to thank God for the privilege of serving alongside you. God is doing some amazing things among us as we seek to advance God’s kingdom on earth. I covet your prayers.