25 April 2012
Announcing My New Call
I'm excited to announce that I have been called to serve as pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania, joining lead pastor, Dyan Lawlor, and the UDLC staff.
Here is the letter I shared with Redeemer today. My thanks to Martin Malzahn for helping find me just the right words.
April 26, 2012
Dear Redeemer Friends,
It is with both joy and sadness that I write to you. The joy I greet you with is the news that I have accepted a new call to serve as pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
The sadness is that in order to pursue this new call I will resign as your pastor. My last day will be June 28th.
I want to let you know that this has been a difficult decision to make. You are wonderful people. Together, over the course of the last eight and a half years, we have engaged in some remarkable ministry projects. We’ve created a central place for children, become a welcome place for newcomers, deepened our spirituality and awareness of God in daily life, put our faith into action, and used new technologies to share the Gospel. We have walked together with God through all the seasons of life, celebrating birthdays, burials, marriages, anniversaries and baptisms.
While I am proud of our accomplishments and humbled to be your pastor, I have sensed that God is calling me to the next step in my journey of ministry and faith.
When I think about our time together I am filled with profound gratitude for you and what God has done in our midst. Jenny and I are both deeply grateful for how you have embraced us, our children, and even our dogs. You have shown us the love of God in many ways through your kindness, compassion, and understanding.
I am excited about Redeemer’s future and saddened that I must now watch it from afar. Please know this: Redeemer is a special congregation with many gifts and much potential. I trust that just as the Spirit made a match between us back in 2003 through prayer, discernment, and self-study, the Spirit is at work even now preparing Redeemer and its next pastor for the next stage of a journey that began back in 1893 when Redeemer was founded.
Over the next two months, in addition to my regular pastoral duties, I’ll be working with Redeemer’s leadership and the New England Synod office to help in this time of transition. Associate to the Bishop, Pastor Ted Asta, is scheduled to meet with our Church Council on May 16th , to help begin the process of calling a new pastor. Finally, thank you for the opportunity to have served as your pastor. I will always cherish you, Redeemer, and our time in ministry together.
God bless you,
Pastor Keith Anderson