This November, I took Grace on her first cross-cultural trip to Spain. I went there for work to present communication strategy as well as network with our missionaries there.
We took a few days to see the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We ate some amazing food including fried sardines, kabops, tapas, chocolate’ y churros, meat and cheese for breakfast, flan, churrizo soup, and, of course, Starbucks.
We saw an original Picasso and Rembrant at the Prado Museum and took a day trip to Toledo, the original capital of Spain.
The trip was amazing. It was a fantastic time for Grace to experience a different culture, great to spend focused time with her, great to connect with the Lord, great time for Grace to get a deeper vision for her life as she interacted with so many amazing FM missionaries. I’m thankful for my little girl and a job that allows me to serve and share life this way. | Flickr Photoset
This fall I was in Seattle for meetings for work. While I was there, I was able to receive a day of mentoring by someone I trust deeply who flew up from California to invest in me. I also was able to spend a little window of time at the first Starbucks on Pike’s Street by the Pike’s Place Market. The Clover machine makes the absolutely most perfect cup of coffee. I met a homeless man there named “6’7″. I wrote about my experience with him on my personal/professional blog. It was a great few days to connect with some of the sharpest leaders in the denomination as well as gain some valuable networking and mentoring with some incredible people. | Flickr Photoset
Well it’s done. It’s official. After nearly ten years working at Spring Arbor University, I have officially tendered my resignation. Effective March 1, I will be the new Executive Director of Communication for the Free Methodist Church world-wide. I’ll be leading strategy and implementation of communication. I’m very excited. Here’s the message I sent to co-workers at SAU moments ago:
Some of you may have gotten word that I’ve accepted a new position and have resigned my position at Spring Arbor University. I wanted to share with you a few details regarding this major transition for myself and family.
A few months ago I was invited to candidate for the position of Executive Director of Communication for the Free Methodist Church. It wasn’t something I was looking for. But over the course of several interviews, much prayer and wise counsel, I’ve concluded that this is the next step for me. I’ve always been interested in leadership and vision coupled with innovation. This is a tremendous opportunity to help build the Kingdom on a global scale.
It’s important to underscore my love for Spring Arbor University and all it has done for me and my family. We’ve grown and been nurtured through almost ten years. (Dang it, I’m not going to get my 10 year pin!). This community is important. Important enough for me to accept this new position without relocating to Indianapolis. I will be doing some traveling and commuting. However, our family will stay anchored here in Spring Arbor. Micki will continue to teach at Warner Elementary. Grace will still attend Western Middle School. I’ll still be popping my head over at the DC for lunch and coffee at Sacred Grounds.
My last day is officially February 19. Jeff Edwards, VP/CIO for Technology Services and Randy Meredith, Director of Academic Technology, will be working with HR to begin the search process for a replacement. We’re hoping to not miss too many beats in our services to faculty and ultimately students. Working for Randy Meredith in OAT has been the best job I’ve ever had and the best supervisor I’ve ever had. It’s a joy to come to work every day. I’m hoping I can take these great examples of leadership into my new role to lead by serving.
I want to thank so many of you for helping me grow these past years. Also thanks for the opportunity to serve so many of you. It has been a privilege.
I’m extremely excited to adventure into the unknown. I don’t know the team. I don’t know the challenges. I’ve never led a team this large for this size task. What I do know is that I know for sure the Holy Spirit is calling me to this. Someone once said years ago this tasty little morsel, “Where the Lord guides, He provides.” I’m inclined to agree. More to come, I’m sure. I just wanted to post this to share in our excitement.