Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." That's true for the planet; for families; for individuals; and even for churches.
God is calling Good News into a new season as well. Pastor John Messer has accepted the call to become the next Executive Leader of the Regional Synod of the Great Lakes. The Reformed Church in America is made up eight regional synods throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Great Lakes Synod is made up of 226 churches throughout Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia.
Pastor John will continue serving GNCC full-time through March 2017, with a transition period lasting through mid-2017, when he and Lynette make the move to Grand Rapids, Michigan. A specific transition plan is still being drafted and will come together in detail in January, in coordination with GNCC's own executive, leadership, and staff teams, as well as the RCA.
We believe that this call affirms Pastor John's gifts as a leader of leaders. Pastor John has stated that this is a move that he can make "with confidence," which means that we at GNCC can also be confident in the plans God has for us.
Please celebrate with us as we recognize the work that God has accomplished through Pastor John over the years; as well as pray for GNCC as we look forward to what God has in store for us next.