God's Glory and Transition

Dear BFC Family,

It’s with bittersweet emotion that I write this letter to you. Baptist Fellowship has been my home for the past 10 years. Rachel has spent her entire life here at Baptist Fellowship, and we are both eternally grateful for the time that God has given us here. God saved me in this church, he called me to pastoral ministry while I was in this church, and now I’m writing to you to tell you how God is sending me from this church on His mission to make disciples. 

Two years ago the Hebron Church of Hope received the news that their pastor would be resigning to follow God’s calling to lead a church in South Carolina. The elders of that church approached Baptist Fellowship to ask for help in pulpit supply. Our church answered that call and met a sister church’s need. I preached there on and off for over a year. In August I applied for the position and started an application and interview process that lasted a few months. In November I met with the elders of the Hebron Church of Hope where I found out that the search committee had voted to present me as the candidate for Lead Pastor. Shortly after that I informed the Elders of Baptist Fellowship of the Lord’s leading and provision. With their blessing, I accepted this opportunity.  Sunday, December 3rd, I preached at Hebron Church of Hope and following the service the church unanimously voted me to become their next Lead Pastor. I will begin serving January 1st, 2018. 

Rachel and I want to thank God for you. Thank you for the love and support that you have shown us in the 5 years that I have served this church on staff. I want to thank the elders of Baptist Fellowship for allowing me the great privilege to serve this body and to work alongside them in the ministry of teaching and prayer. I want to thank the parents of our church who have worked with us in our student ministry. Thank you to our youth ministry team. You guys are absolute champions and have been such a blessing to Rachel and I. Thank you to the students that we have worked with. Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am for all of the times you have made me laugh, cry, and take pride in your growth in the Lord. Thank you to the staff at Baptist Fellowship. You have taught me so much. Thank you to Brian, for mentoring me, for your gentle corrections, for cheering me on, and for leading by example.  

Rachel and I are thankful to God for allowing us to serve His church here at Baptist Fellowship. We are thankful to God for keeping us in this area. We ask you to continue to pray for us and pray with us. We’re down the street cheering you on, and as the Lord provides we hope to continue our partnership in the gospel. May the Lord bless Baptist Fellowship and Hebron Church of Hope as we obey the great commission. 

“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” 

3 John 5-8, ESV

Sincerely,

Pastor Jordan and Rachel Brown