Dear Fellowship Family,
In 2005 I responded to God’s leading to come and serve as the Senior Pastor here at Fellowship Bible Church. These past 15 years have been some of the best years of our lives. Karen and I are so grateful to God for the relationships, experiences, and the love that we share with our church family. We are better people and followers of Christ because of the privilege of serving you. What a gift!
About three years ago, I began praying about our future. As I prayed, I had this growing sense that the Lord wanted me to transition from my role as Senior Pastor. About a year ago, I began meeting with some trusted advisors and prayer partners. God used them to confirm this decision. Now, I want you to know that I am not tired, I am not burned out, neither am I reacting to any negative issues or circumstance. I love serving and ministering here at Fellowship Bible Church. But I sense that the Lord wants to raise up a younger leader to serve and shepherd our church toward those wonderful things He has in store for us.
The Elders have approved a transition plan and I will continue to serve as Sr. Pastor through Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021). Between now and then, we will be conducting a national search to identify God’s next shepherd for Fellowship Bible Church. Please join us in praying for wisdom and God’s favor during this process.
So, what does the future look like for Crawford and Karen? We’re not leaving the church. Fellowship is our home church. We plan to spend more time with our children and grandkids. I will continue to speak and preach at various conferences and events, work on some book projects, and encourage and pour into the next generation of leaders.
I am humbled and so grateful to God for what He has done these years in and through our church. He has given us clarity about our mission and vision and the gift of unity among our leaders. God has given us a wonderful, capable staff team and so many mature, committed volunteers, and a loving church family. I am so excited about the future of Fellowship Bible Church!
Thank you for the joy and privilege of serving you.
In His Love and Mine,