A Letter to SWC

 

My Dear Church Family,

   On January 28, I tendered my resignation as your pastor here at Spencerport Wesleyan Church. I know that the time since has been full of questions and difficulties in trying to understand why such a decision was made. I want you all to know that this was not an easy decision to which Alison and I came. We spent months thinking and praying about it and consulting mentors in order to be sure where God was leading us. In the end, we never came to the indisputable answer we would have hoped to receive, but this was the decision about which we felt most at peace.

   My life in the ministry, both as a child and an adult, has been characterized by moving from place to place every few years. That is certainly not a desire that I have. It has long been my hope to settle in a town and plant deep roots in its community. Coming to Spencerport, I was certainly open to that possibility, but I did not know what God had in store for the future.

   Spencerport has certainly been a good home for us, and you have been a good church family for us. You have been with us through some of the most pivotal moments in our lives, both the highs and lows. You celebrated with us when Alison and I got married and when Anna was born. You encouraged us and helped us to bear our burdens through Alison’s car accident and both my and my family’s health issues.

   We have become family to you, and you have become family to us. Just like any family, we bicker and tease, we love and celebrate, but when the rubber meets the road, we are there for each other through thick and thin. God has surely blessed this relationship and has taught me so much in the time that I have spent as your pastor.

   That is why my heart was so heavy when I felt that it was time to resign. You have become family to us, and we love you dearly. Leaving family is never easy, but when one is led by God he must go. This is our sincere hope as we move away, which is that it is God who is leading us to our next place of ministry. Even so, our prayers remain with Spencerport Wesleyan. We long to see God bring about amazing changes and blessings in this church that will greatly minister to the community and the world.

   SWC has been greatly blessed in many ways by the Lord, and we believe that if you submit to His will, He will continue to shower blessings upon you. This is a church that is primed for amazing things. Regardless of who the pastor was, is, or will be, the Holy Spirit can use you to carry out His Great Commission in the world and see His kingdom come.

   We do hope and pray that our Heavenly Father brings the right pastor to this church, but we know that it is God who does the work in and through the Church. May He continue to do so through SWC.

   While I do hereby tender my resignation, I have been and always shall be your friend and servant in Christ.

With Love,
Pastor Ryan Strange