Sunday, June 26, 2011


Just before pronouncing the benediction at church today, I asked the people to stay for a brief meeting. Most people stayed and I announced that we are moving to Calgary in September. Fourteen years in Edson will be coming to an end in two months.

This was a very hard announcement to make. We are excited about the move, but we are also sad about leaving a great church and many friends. People have been very supportive. This is a positive time at the church. I would not want to leave when people were anxious for me to leave, but it is also hard to leave when they want me to stay.

I'll provide more details about what's next in future posts, but for now, we are going to be in transition. We'll get the house ready for the market and I'll start scouting for work in Calgary. We've already done a bunch of de-cluttering and fixing up around the house. We've been calling it spring cleaning, but now that our secret is out, we can finish up and get the house listed.

If you have any leads on work in the Calgary area, I'm all ears.

I will still plan to be in ministry, but it will look quite different. We're trusting God with the details, but we're convinced that this is His leading for this season in life.


Jim said...

Wow Terry - this was a shocker! I'm glad you're not moving too far away, but Edson is losing a tremendous pastor. They'll have a hard time replacing you. Our prayers for your future will follow you south.

Dan Sudfeld said...

Double "Wow." Shocker indeed. Having gone through such a transition recently, you and EBC can be assured of our prayers. From your somewhat cryptic post, I have a guess at what's next, but will look forward to reading the details.

Darryl said...

Praying for you and your family as you make this transition.

John K said...

"If you have any leads on work in the Calgary area, I'm all ears."
How 'bout truck accessories?
Seriously, I was quite taken avack when I heard. I guess I might as well leave Edson now too.
See you Wed night, Lord willing.

Trevor Peck said...

As always, you and your family are in our prayers brother.

Pam said...

Yes, your announcement took me completely by surprise as well, but I do think I understand. It is hard to imagine Edson Baptist without you and Juanita. One aspect of your work here I appreciate greatly is your consistency - you have been so faithful to God and to your flock. Another thing is your ability to talk to anyone about anything, sincerely and with a caring attitude. Both you and Juanita have characterized unselfishness on many occasions. We also appreciate your open home and warm hospitality. Thankyou for these and many other things.... praying for you during the transition time.