After consultation and with the permission of Julius C. Trimble, our presiding Bishop of the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and in consultation with our own Staff/Parish Relations Committee, I am announcing that I will retire from active ministry and from my appointment as Sr. Pastor of Fishers United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2020.
I have had the great privilege of serving United Methodist congregations across the state of Indiana both in student ministry and as full time Ordained Elder for 45 years. My decision to retire has not been made lightly as Joyce and I have defined ourselves by our ministry together through all those 45 years. We look back with great gratitude and hearts filled with love for people who have shared our lives. We look forward to our next chapter of life with mixed emotions knowing we will miss you all very deeply and with anticipation of all that God has in store for us together. We will have many months to share in ministry and life together before July 1, 2020 and we look forward to every moment we will have together.
Making such an announcement at this time may seem rather early to some. But it is being made now to allow Bishop Trimble and our Cabinet of Conference Superintendents as much time as possible to find the best possible pastor to bring to Fishers United Methodist Church as your new Sr. Pastor effective July 1, 2020.
Joyce and I would ask for your prayers for every aspect of this process: for us as a family; for our Staff/Parish Relations Committee; for our superintendents; and our Bishop as they work together in finding the best possible person to join with you in the next phase of Fishers United Methodist Church's ministry. We would ask you to pray for our staff as they seek to continue to serve God and the ministries of our congregation through this time of transition. We would ask you also to pray for each other - for our whole church family. Such transitions are often unsettling to a degree; but they also offer such opportunity for fresh perspectives and skills and leaders to emerge as you follow God's leading together.
Finally, Joyce and I want you to know that God has blessed us with bringing our paths together with yours for the past 9 years. Thank you and we love you all.
For The Only Cause That Matters,
Pastor Kevin McKinney