Dear Roswell Presbyterian Church,
I am deeply honored to be called to be your next senior pastor!
Over the past ten years I have received many phone calls and requests asking if I would be interested in applying for a church's open position. None of these requests ever seemed to be quite the right fit. Yet, when Roswell Presbyterian's PNC called, my heart leapt. I thought to myself, now this is a congregation that I could be called to serve. Over the next several months, this initial excitement was confirmed in many ways.
I have heard it said that a cord of three strands cannot be broken and the cord of my call to RPC came through three distinct confirmations:
First, in my first conversation about the position, a longtime, dear friend of Lane's met with me to discuss the opportunity. He informed me that Lane's model for preaching came from a pastor from a Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. I asked what this pastor's name was. My mouth almost dropped to the floor when he revealed that this pastor was the same person who had been my pastor in college. In fact, the pastor was one of the key people who had persuaded me to become Presbyterian and go to seminary!
Second, I believe that faith in Jesus Christ is lived out tangibly in the world through acts of love and service. A brief glance at the RPC website confirmed that your community loves to serve. From children's and youth ministry, to trips to Kenya, Habitat for Humanity to refugee resettlement, RPC is clearly a place where people are not afraid to get their hands dirty. I look forward to joining you in these ministries.
The third strand in my call was confirmed by the gifted pastors who already serve at RPC. The connectional nature of our denomination has allowed me to know and serve with your pastors for many years. Lyndsay served on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry that confirmed my call to ministry (you can blame her!); Bill worked at the Presbytery office balancing budgets and ministry needs; I had talked with Mary during the infancy stages of The Mustard Seed Project; and Emily's reputation came to us through her cousin who happens to be a good friend of my wife, Courtney. It's a small, but impactful Presbyterian world!
I can't imagine a better place for Courtney and me as we begin a new journey in our life. Serving a congregation like RPC is a daunting call - but one that I receive with joy, hope, and most of all, love. I hope that God will fill you with hope as I join you in entering the next phase of Roswell Presbyterian Church's history.
Over the next month before I arrive, know that I echo the words of the apostle Paul who wrote, "I thank God every time I remember you." I can't wait to meet you in person!
With joyful anticipation,
Rev. Jeff Meyers
RPC's new Senior Pastor
**For more information about Rev. Jeff Meyers and his wife Courtney, visit the Senior Pastor page of RPC's website, www.roswellpres.org/seniorpastor.
Jeff will start at RPC on Monday, January 30 and preach on Sunday, February 5 at all three services. As a way of getting to know Jeff better, you can now submit questions for our new "Ask Jeff?" video segments. These questions can be anything from the mundane (What's your favorite meal?) to the profound (When did you most feel God's presence?).
To submit your questions, fill out the online form on the Senior Pastor page of this website.