In Jeremiah 29:11 the
Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
These words have resonated with us for many days as
Betsy and I considered our future places of service
and ministry. Sometimes those plans are not as clear
as others, sometimes those plans are crystal clear.
After months of prayer
and discussions with many people, we made the
decision to step down as Pastor of College Street.
As I said in my final message, College Street has
been a place for us that was and is “More Than We
We celebrate and
cherish the times of ministry, the times of joy, the
times of worship and our many friends that we will
have for the rest of our lives. There aren’t many
churches that do ministry quite like College Street:
Golden Fellowship, Food Bank, Clothes Closet,
outreach in a variety of ways to the apartments and
children of Walhalla, partnerships with the
International Mission Board, mission efforts
throughout the United States, just to name a few.
It has been a sincere
privilege to serve alongside some wonderful people.
Our goal has always been to lift up the name of
Jesus Christ. The music ministry led by Ray is
second to none. Lauren and her cheerful heart to our
children and youth is an added blessing. Ruth and
Linda are a warm, competent, and inviting presence
in the office. Jolene and Gordon are quiet and
devoted servants that have kept our facilities
sparkling clean and always ready to use. As a team
we have been together for over 16 years. I am
grateful for each one of them. I will miss our
Our plans are to remain
in Walhalla. As I take a new direction in life to
serve churches in what we call “Intentional or
Transitional” Interim Pastorates, please pray for
us. Betsy will continue her position in the Seneca
church office where she has worked for over 14
years. But we will be able to do those “grandparent”
things that full-time people so often miss out on.
Thank you for allowing
the Lord to call us here over 16 years ago. Thank
you for being “More Than We Ever Deserved”. Our home
is always open to you.
God Bless and To God Be
Ken and Betsy Reid