March 5, 2018
Dear Grace friends,
It is with great difficulty that I announce to you my decision to leave my appointment at Grace UMC. I have requested personal leave from the Board of Ordained Ministry and that request has been granted. My appointment at Grace will end at the end of the appointment year and my last day will be June 1, 2018.
Please know the decision to leave was my own and was made with great care in conjunction with my family. Leaving my appointment to a local church will allow me to consider and pursue how else God is calling me to be in ministry, specifically, the possibility of writing and retreat leading as a vocation.
Sometimes we are faced with a decision, not between something bad and something good, but between something good and something different. I don’t yet have a complete picture of what is next for me, but I trust God is with me and wants good things for me. I appreciate your prayers during this time of transition.
The good news is the appointment year is not yet over! I look forward to these next few months of being in ministry with you. Together we will look toward the future God has for the people of Grace and the continued calling God has for this community. I have tremendous love and appreciation for the people in this church and it has been an honor to be your pastor these last seven years.
Rev. Tiffany Baker