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Important Update from Rev. Chris Greer

January 24, 2018 27 Comments Share


Read below for an important update from our own Rev. Chris Greer…

“It is with deep trust in God that I am tendering my resignation as the Assistant Pastor of Adult Ministries at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. I am trying to faithfully respond to a real calling, and a definitive need, to serve my family.

While at a spiritual leadership retreat in October, God clearly gave me three personal imperatives. He very clearly said…

  • “Recover your life.” (from Matthew 11:28 MSG) – God reminded me that the very best life for me and my family is found in a slower pace and more intentional listening to Jesus.
  • “Center your ambition around Kerry’s thriving, not your own.” – For this season and the foreseeable future, God has given a distinct call for me to pay much closer attention to Kerry’s needs and to order our family life around her thriving, not just my own.
  • “Stop leading.” – The most difficult message for me to swallow was God’s clear instruction for me to stop leading. But through continued, prayerful discernment I have confirmed that this is indeed what the Lord wants for me during this season.

In addition, we recently found out that Kerry is pregnant with our second child! This news only increased our belief that now is God’s time for us to make this important move for our family.

St. Andrew’s has been a true blessing from God in our lives for these past 5 years. It has been a proving ground for me as a burgeoning new pastor, and a safe, welcoming, and challenging place to experiment and grow as a follower of Jesus and a spiritual leader. Congregants and colleagues have become friends and family. I am disappointed to miss what God has in store in this new era under Chap’s leadership. But just as I clearly knew we were supposed to be at St. Andrew’s, I know it is time to leave St. Andrew’s. I must, in some ways, trade serving God’s family here for serving my family at home.

I will not pursue a ministry position for the foreseeable future. I will work with Kerry to continue building and providing for our family through the small business Kerry started a few years back, and my writing. We will move to Little Rock, AR to accommodate God’s new direction and our desire for slower pace, more space, and closer relationship with extended family.”

27 responses to “Important Update from Rev. Chris Greer”

  1. Linda Bertone says:

    Chris, I was shocked and saddened for myself and St. Andrew’s to read your announcement, but I trust, as I know you do, in the Lord’s leading on your life. And congratulations on the anticipation of your second child!

  2. Karen Pederson says:

    You will be greatly missed. I’m so proud of you for having the courage to follow God’s leading. Looking forward to your next publication. You are a gifted writer and communicator.

    God Bless you and your family

  3. Judy Tracy says:

    Very refreshing and exciting news. As you may remember, my late husband and I have always thought you were a perfect candidate to be on our way to a church of your own, but listening to God is the wisest move of all. So Congratulations! on being that mature and sensitive for what God would have you do in the long run. Happy baby too!
    Blessings for all of you,
    Most sincerely, Judy Tracy

  4. Colnett Brubaker says:

    God Bless you and Karen for making such a leap of faith! Speaking from experience, He will not fail you on this new path and living environment.
    You will find a peace and calm that you seek. A closer relationship with your wife and family.
    Keeping you in our prayers for the journey ahead! It’s very exciting!

  5. Judy Tracy says:

    correction….”your way to a church”

  6. Lynne Halley says:

    You will be missed. It is another great loss for this church. I am sure everyone wishes you the best. God bless you! You were a wonderful asset to our church.

  7. Brian Bissonnette says:

    I wish you and your family nothing but the absolute very best in your futures. I loved your ministry here, and you will indeed be dearly missed, but I also know that God will lead you to where He wants you, and that you will be a blessing to wherever that may be.

    Take care, and God bless!

  8. Russ Kerr says:

    Oh Chris, you will be greatly missed. You are inspiring, and have such a welcoming smile, and a very unique gift for thinking and writing. I totally support the leading you feel from God, and know you will be abundantly blessed from it.

  9. Diane monroe says:

    Dear Chris,

    I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of your leaving. I understand God has a calling for you beyond Saint Andrews and I certainly respect that.

    I hope this was truly your decision, in connection with God, and not that of any influence from staff or session.

    I will miss you very much but wish you, Kerry and your new growing family much joy, peace and opportunity.

    As you go forward, others will be blessed with your loving heart and kind patience .

    God bless you and all my best, Diane

  10. Laura Perry says:

    The very best wishes. I hope your time with us will have served you well in the future. Laura Perry

  11. Dennis O'Hern says:

    I just read your resignation announcement and was totally caught off guard. My wife and I are especially saddened by your decision to leave St. Andrews. We do understand it is best for your family and new business. We pray your life will be fulfilled by your new direction. At what date will your resignation take effect? The Pilot’s group would still like to have you speak to us but we would not expect you to return from Arkansas for our May 4, 2018 meeting unless you had other reasons to be in Newport Beach. We will pray for you and your family.

    Bless, Dennis O’Hern

  12. Jean Stewart says:

    I am filled with grief and joy as I read your post. Joy over the baby to come! What wonderful news!! Grief that you are leaving us. But I know you are following God’s call and direction and trust that you will grow and flourish in this new direction and place. You have enriched my life, both of you, in ways you can not even imagine. I consider you to be God’s gifts, and like children, not to be held onto but let go to fly, knowing you are always here in my heart.
    Go with God and please stay in touch via e-mail.
    In love and in Him,
    Jean Stewart

  13. Adrianne Geiger DuMond says:

    Chris, I applaud you for making this important decision. You will certainly be missed, but you and Kerry will also thrive after the relief from the pressures of your leadership responsibilities. May God continue to lead you and Kerry in His direction. I know you will find fulfillment and joy in other pursuits.

  14. Gail Demmer says:

    I wish you and your family many blessings in your next journey. How grateful St. Andrews has been to have had your faithful service for these past five years. Thank you Chris. You will be missed.

  15. Chris, You have been such a refreshing and creative addition to our pastoral staff. I have especially enjoyed the retreats you have lead…I Congratulate you on your decision as a pastor to concentrate on your family…congratulations on your second to come; the littleI know you , i know how much those children mean to you…May God Bless you and your family in the days ahead and may. God. Lead you to. Your greatest efforts….

  16. Kristin Pelinka says:

    Chris and Kerri!

    Thank you for your faithful time of service to our community and congregation. You have inspired so many with your wisdom, your love for the Lord, your joy and your heart for the lost and broken. We will miss you dearly but pray for God’s best for you in Little Rock and that you will see blessings upon blessings follow your obedience to listen.

    In His love,
    the Pelinka Family

  17. Scott Fischer says:

    Dear Chris: I will really miss you. I really enjoyed the 4 hour pray retreat that you lead last year in February. God bless you and your family. Good luck in Arkansas. Your friend, Scott A. Fischer

  18. Carrie nelson says:

    Dear Chris..what joy to see your refreshing reflection upon your life and your personal impact on your family journey. God has clearly given you eyes to see and ears to hear His path for your life. You have proven your leadership for 5 years here at St. Andrews and now your most important job of husband and father will receive His blessings for generations to come! God is so faithful. Love to you and yours.

  19. Steven Hines says:

    Listening to God’s voice is an awesome thing. Understanding His timing for change is crucial. Aligning ourselves to His word is essential. Keeping the Gospel simplifies a complex world. May you be at peace in His will. Take time for your wife and young family. The years pass so quickly. Love them. Understand them. Be kind and gentle and firm and forgiving. (Matt. 5:3)

  20. Krystine Malins says:

    Wow! I am always in awe of those that heed to the Word of the Lord. Of course, I would never expect less from you. During the time that I got to work with you at St. Andrews, your heart for God was always evident and I am confident that you will prosper as God sees fit. Blessing to you and your family! May His Hand be your guide and His perfect will prevail in every step you take!

  21. Bob Strom says:

    Chris – may God’s blessings pour out to you and your family. Your move is both courageous and honoring to your calling from our Father – it has been an honor knowing you!

    Of course, I wish there had been more time to spend with you in fellowship, but our paths may cross again, the Lord willing! Our Love and Prayers go with you!

    Bob and Marcy Strom

  22. Patrick O'Brien says:

    Chris, You are a great man of God. I Love your God inspired words. I pray for Heavens Gates open and flood your family peace, joy, calmness, health, prosperity and LOVE. I can’t wait to browse the Christian Books Stores to find new reading material written by: Pastor Chris Greer. Or plan for another even with Creative Party Designs.

    Love to you and your Family through Jesus Christ.
    Your fellow servant of the Lord, Patrick O’Brien

  23. Steve Fryer says:

    Chris, you will be missed. Thanks for your efforts on behalf of Saint Andrews and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you and your family and keep you in His arms.
    Blessings, The Fryer Family

  24. CHRIS
    Please know that you and Kerry will be so missed.
    We met a few years back at a dinner and Greg and i want to know if you all can be available for a dinner our before you move south.
    You have so much talent with your insight.
    Please let us know , when you are available
    Kitty and Greg Drake

  25. Karen Taillon says:

    Chris, it has been a distinct privilege to enjoy your gifts and talents here at St. Andrews. You have been a blessing to us and you will be greatly missed. We will be forever grateful for the time God allowed us to have you among us. May God bring you and Kerry peace and joy in this transition time, may you settle in to your new surroundings quickly, may you have a hedge of protection around you as you move into the future, and may you always remember that God takes us where He wants us “for such a time as this.” He will not fail you. With great admiration and love, Karen and Tom Taillon

  26. Kristine Slaughter says:

    Wishing you the best and many blessings. I am sorry to see you go, but it’s great that you are focusing on your family! Kristine Slaughter

  27. Michael Grothus says:

    Never had to wait or hold my breath For Chris to say something awesome and interesting as we know the bible is full of stories like that. His perspectives and angles were easy to understand , always left me encouraged Full of hope and lighter on my feet :).I wish him many many joy filled days and years ahead. He’s got leader and preacher and his blood and I’ll be finds his way up and giving sermons again. Cheers and blessings MG

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