Tuesday, July 28, 2020

To My Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My past eight years serving First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg have been the most amazing privilege and joy in my over twenty-five years in ministry. From the beginning, you have embraced me and my family, welcoming us as your very own. I truly believe there is no other church like ours in the country.

I have just made one of the most difficult decisions in my life. For the past 26 years, Wendy and I have been far from our extended family and I have had a growing yearning in my heart. As a result, I have accepted a call to serve as the Senior Pastor for Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. This call is a return home. My early years were spent growing up in New York and my mother and two brothers currently live only one hour away in Princeton.

Brick is a congregation looking to grow spiritually and missionally. I believe that all you have taught me has prepared me to help lead them into God’s vision for their future.

It is with an aching heart that I leave because I have come to love so many of you. I have never encountered so many committed, capable servants of the Lord. I truly wish I could live in both places.

We have seen a lot transpire these past years: challenges that have strengthened us, renovations that have positioned us, and social problems that have mobilized us. I am so thankful that, even though we are in the midst of difficult times, there is an extremely gifted staff that will shepherd you through. I have never seen a stronger, more focused staff.

My last Sunday will be September 13th. I truly regret that in our parting we will not be able to share hugs and handshakes in the name of Christ, but I trust we will find some way to say goodbye.

My prayers and my heart will always be with you.

Blessings and Peace,

Your brother in Christ,

Tom