According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— the work of each builder will become visible.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:10-13
Grace and peace in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today it is my responsibility to share with you the news that our pastor, The Rev William Williams, III will be appointed to serve as the new District Superintendent of United Methodist Church in Gateway North District, effective July 1, 2020. The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee has met with the Raritan Valley District Superintendent, Rev. Sang Won Doh, and we have already begun the process of preparing for a new pastoral appointment. I will share more information with you as soon I can.
Transition is always a difficult time, and I ask you to be in prayer with our Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the Bishop and the Cabinet as they work towards the appointment of new pastoral leadership for our church. I also want to take this opportunity to thank our current pastor, Rev. Williams, and his family, Joyce, Julia, William, IV, and James for their faithful leadership in our church.
Rev. Williams and his family joined our church two years ago, and what an active two years it has been. So much has been accomplished and put into motion in such a short period a time. A few of the highlights include:
- The development of vibrant children’s and youth programs
- The revitalization of Wesley Hall
- The development and implementation of a strategic plan that has created new and exciting opportunities for FUMC-Westfield members
- Growing and developing the church’s footprint within the local community
When reviewing this list – along with considering the many items that are not listed here – it is easy to see why Rev. Williams was handpicked by the Bishop for his new position.
The greater United Methodist Church is entering a time of transition, and they need their best people to guide and lead all Methodists. Rev. Williams is certainly one of the best people the Church has to offer. It is difficult to see Rev. Williams and his family go, but we know he is needed and that he will be successful wherever he and his family goes from here.
While saying goodbye is always difficult, we want to know that you too will be in our prayers as you prepare for a new chapter in your ministry.
Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chair