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
Bishop Trimble and the Cabinet of the Indiana Conference has appointed Reverend Mark Ellcessor as our new senior pastor effective July 1, 2020. Mark comes to us from The Compass United Methodist Church in the Muncie area where he has been their pastor and helped lead them from a single church location to now also include two satellite locations. Mark is energetic, excited and he and his wife Lisa are anxious to meet their new church family here at Fishers.
Mark attended Purdue University for his undergraduate degree and Duke University for his Master of Divinity degree. He met his wife Lisa at Purdue and together they have four daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandson. In addition, their nephew Abraham, who will be a freshman in high school next year, lives with them and will also be joining our church family.
When Pastor Mark was asked what he would like to say to our congregation, this is what he shared:
- He is passionate about God. Everything we are and do comes from a relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- He is passionate about people, because people matter to God.
- He is passionate about the Word of God. Scripture is our most valuable means of knowing God and serving people.
- He is passionate about outreach to those who are not following Jesus. The Great Commission is our first task.
- He is passionate about making disciples who in turn develop other disciples. Faith in Jesus is meant to be intentionally shared.
- He is passionate about developing leaders who in turn develop other leaders. God's Kingdom is advanced through strong leaders.
- He is passionate about missions to those who have unmet needs in their lives. He and his wife Lisa met on a mission trip while in college!
- He is passionate about the Church, for Jesus designed the Church to be the hope of the world.
He also said that he and Lisa, along with Abraham, are looking forward to engaging in ministry with the good people of Fishers UMC beginning July 1. He wants us to lift up one another in prayer between this day and then, trusting the Lord to guide everyone through the transitions to come.
We will have events after Mark and his family arrive in Fishers so we can get to know them. Please pray for them during this time of transition to their new church.
There is also going to be a celebration of Kevin's ministry on June 21st as he gets ready to begin his retirement. Let's also keep he and Joyce in our prayers during these next few months as well.