Pastoral Transition Update

As you hopefully know by now, our Lead Pastor John Messer has accepted the call to be the Executive Leader of the Regional Synod of the Great Lakes of the Reformed Church in America. We wanted to give you an update on where things stand in our pastoral transition.


Pastor John’s last Sunday with us will be March 19 and he will begin his new position on April 16. He and his wife Lynette will use the intervening time to make the move from Spirit Lake to the Grand Rapids, MI area. Please be in prayer for them as they sell and buy homes and take care of all the necessary details in making the move. Plans are underway to honor Pastor John and Lynette for their many years of service and dedication. We’ll let you know how you can take part in thanking them in the weeks to come.


Anthony Parrott has agreed to serve GNCC as its Transition Leader while we search for a new senior pastor. Practically, this means Anthony will serve as “chairman pro tem” of the leadership team, provide spiritual and leadership guidance to the congregation, as well as serve to uphold GNCC’s mission, vision, and values. Please be in prayer for Anthony and his family during this season of increased responsibilities and transition.


Finally, the process has already started to put together a hiring team and choose a firm to assist GNCC find and interview the best possible candidates to lead our church. We will update you with specifics once they are approved by our Leadership Team.

Please know that we are optimistic about the months to come and truly believe that GNCC’s best days are ahead of it. We know that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), therefore we are filled with hope and trust. For as we are often reminded, God is God and we are not. God’s got this, brothers and sisters.