A New Season of Ministry
From Pastor Jody Bowser, June 15, 2021:
I received a letter this afternoon from Pastor Don Baker indicating his intention to resign from his position as executive pastor and retire from full-time pastoral ministry—effective July 31. I know that I speak for all of us when I state that Don will be GREATLY MISSED. I deeply admire Don’s wisdom, his compassion, and his relentless pursuit of Christ. He has been an incredible team mate, and a Godsend to King Street Church.
We will have time to celebrate his eleven fruitful years of ministry in the weeks to come. And it will be Don’s to share the ministry opportunities that lie ahead for him.
But for now, here is Don’s retirement announcement in his own words.
From Pastor Don Baker:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of King Street Church,
After much prayer, reflection, and discussion with trusted spiritual mentors, I have made the decision to retire as of July 31, 2021 from full-time service as a pastor of King Street United Brethren in Christ Church. I want to thank you, from the depth of my heart, for allowing me the privilege of serving as a pastor at King Street Church for the past 11 years. Ann and I have been blessed beyond measure by this church family in ways too numerous to count and through hundreds of people too numerous to name.
For the past 11 years, I have desired to give you my best in the various ministry positions and callings that have been entrusted to me. I am eternally grateful to God for the blessings and fruit He has borne during this time. I am also mindful that there are times when I have fallen short in my role as a shepherd of the flock and, for that; I seek the Lord and your forgiveness. My heart’s desire has been to lift up Jesus Christ in all that I have done in ministry at KSC. May He be honored and glorified.
This decision has not been made hastily or lightly. I feel a deep peace that the Lord is guiding and leading me. Although I am retiring from full-time service as a pastor of King Street Church, I am not retiring from active ministry. The Lord is opening the way to continue to serve Him and I am excited about the next season of ministry that lies ahead.
I am also excited about the season of ministry that lies ahead for King Street Church! I have said it many times over the past decade and I will say it again – KSC is blessed with an outstanding ministry staff; gifted and committed lay leadership; and a church body that is generous and faithful. May we all continue to grow in loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and in loving one another.
Again, thank you for the privilege of serving as one of your pastors.
Gratefully in Christ,