By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
The Virginia Conference lists 1,060 clergy under appointment full and part time. Together we serve the 1,205 churches throughout the state. On Wednesday, July 1, 132 clergy and their families will load all their personal belongings into a moving van and travel to their next pastoral appointment. Some will travel to large multi-staff church communities, others to rural congregations; all go in hopes of joining Christ in faithful ministry. Across the Conference 27 of our clergy will try to adjust to being retired and will feel a bit strange when Sunday rolls around and they find out what life is like in the pews… again.
This year nearly one out of every 10 churches of the Virginia Conference will receive a different pastor. On Sunday, July 5, fifteen new pastors to the Arlington District will arrive in their churches prepared to work at making disciples for Jesus Christ. Those churches will swell in attendance as active and inactive members turn out to check out the new pastor or associate pastor.
The Arlington District will receive 12 new pastors, 5 senior pastors and 7 associate pastors. Our District Superintendent is Cathy Abbott, who begins her third year of leadership of the Arlington clergy and laity.
Ellen LaCroix and Nick McMichael will continue their seminary studies in the fall and spring – they will do their Practice of Mission and Ministry here at Trinity beginning in the fall.
On another joyous note: We shall welcome the Reverend Keith Lee as our new associate pastor who will be the pastor assigned to our youth, the Education Committee and Young Professionals. Keith is an Elder in the Virginia Conference and has been an associate pastor at Korean of Greater Washington UMC in McLean. Keith is married (Janey) and they have two children, Christine and Joyce. They join me, Catherine, Eileen, Ellen, Harriet, Jerry, Jose, our lay leaders: Jose and Leslie, and all the Trinity family as together we make disciples for Jesus Christ.