An End and a Beginning

By Tim Butler | Posted at 3:08 PM

Yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of my ordination as a pastor (and, likewise, my eighth anniversary serving at Grace PCA in St. Charles). I am grateful for what has transpired since then both in the amazing ways God let me watch Him work at Grace and the other ministry opportunities that He opened up along the way that fit next to my work at Grace, most recently through FaithTree, since I have always been part-time at the church.

I nearly overlooked my ordination anniversary in the midst of ongoing transitions, some details of which I want to share below. There is a meeting on Sunday at the very same church to accept my resignation. Unfortunately, when the meeting was moved to 5:00 p.m. a couple of days ago, it ended up in conflict with a longstanding ministry commitment I had made and so I will not be able to be there to share this in person; I’m sharing it now so that my Grace family could hear it from me:

Dear Grace Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I am submitting my resignation as Associate Pastor of Grace PCA, in accordance with the request of Session.

It has been an indescribable blessing and honor to serve alongside all of you as my church family for the last ten and a half years. We have been through some incredibly hard and some incredibly wonderful times together. Know that all of you will remain in my prayers and that I will always be happy to be there for any of you should you need to talk or desire to be prayed for. Though I will no longer be at Grace, I remain a part of the same Body of Christ and you remain dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thank you for the joy of getting to be one of your pastors. As I said my first benediction ever at Grace, let me share again 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

In Christ,

Tim

I would add to this letter, I am not going far away, so this need not be “goodbye.” I will be continuing to serve at FaithTree and I also have an exciting new beginning to share: God has opened some incredible, unexpected doors to plant a new church in the heart of St. Charles City, Little Hills Church. I would appreciate your prayers as I embark with a wonderful team on this endeavor and would love if you would follow Little Hills on social media and our e-mail newsletter so that you can stay apprised and pray for us as we prepare to launch in the very near future.

Once again, thank you to everyone at Grace who gave me the honor of being your pastor. Please never hesitate to reach out and say “hi” or let me know how I can be praying for you.


Re: An End and a Beginning

Dear Tim. It has been a wonderful blessing to serve with you at Grace for over a decade. I am confident the Lord will use you to touch many lives for His glory. May you continue to find great pleasure in serving our Savior and His people. Blessings and prayers for you my dear brother and friend. Garry

Posted by Garry Kiphart - Mar 06, 2020 | 4:34 PM

Re: An End and a Beginning

Congratulations on the new church plant, Tim. I hope you'll keep us posted here on your blog.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Mar 07, 2020 | 6:10 PM

Re: An End and a Beginning

Thank you so much, Garry and Ed. I appreciate your encouragement, prayers and friendship. I'm really excited to see where God leads with this!

Posted by Tim Butler - Mar 15, 2020 | 12:24 AM

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