My dear Providence Family,
The past fifteen years of my life I have truly been blessed to Pastor Providence Baptist Church, Rico. I have been blessed by your prayers, your fellowship, your words of encouragement, and the love and support you have shared with Margaret and me and our family. The Lord has given me the great privilege of being a servant leader to a people who are prepared to walk into the future that will be challenging and filled with confidence.
The past five months have been a time of communing with God seeking direction for the days and years ahead. I have come to the strong conviction that now is the time to retire from the pastorate. I must make it very clear that this is not a retirement from being a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a retirement from the ministry of pastoring a church. Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life, and I will serve Him all of my days.
I believe with all my heart that real peace is found in knowing the will of God. In my prayer time during the past months, God’s will came very clear—He has provided a peace within me that affirms the decision is His will for my life. The time is now for me to be refreshed in body, mind and spirit. The Lord is with me, and I rest in the assurance that what I need He is already providing.
I cannot express enough appreciation for my dear wife, Margaret. She has been right by my side in ministry, and I give God the glory for bringing her into my life. I now look forward to spending more time with Margaret, our daughter, Jenny and Mihai.
There is a very special place in my heart for the Providence family. Thank you a million times, thank you, for all you have done for me and my family. We will continually thank God for being part of the Providence family.
God will provide a Pastoral leadership to guide the congregation into a future as bright as His promises. He has prepared another servant leader to provide the leadership for this to happen, He will use Providence in ways the congregation has yet to experience.
Doc (Gene Tyre)