Changes in Youth Ministry Staff

July 31, 2017

Dear First Presbyterian friends,

Summer is often a season of transition, and that is true for our staff as well! FPC’s Director of Youth Ministry Jen Evans has received a call to serve as the Director of Youth, Young Adults and Young Families at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. As you may know, Jen graduated from Union Seminary-Charlotte with a Master of Divinity in June and is in the ordination process in the Presbyterian Church (USA) as well. Jen will start this new position as a non-ordained staffer and then transition to an ordained role, and we celebrate her call to ordained ministry.

We give thanks to God for Jen’s gifts for ministry and the ways she has shared them with our community for the past 11 years. Jen has been with FPC through many seasons of transitions, and we are grateful for the leadership she’s given our youth ministry program; the relationships she’s built with youth, their families, and the larger congregation; and her passion and energy for the young people of the church.

Jen’s last official day with us will be Sunday, August 13. She and her oldest son Trey will fly to Little Rock that afternoon, so Trey can begin school on Monday, August 14. Rich and William will follow them a few weeks later.

Transitions are often bittersweet, so while we are sad to see Jen and her family go, we are excited to announce that Assistant Director of Youth Ministries Natalie Raygor will step into the role of Director at Jen’s departure. We are confident that Natalie will continue the strong ministry for FPC’s youth and families, and we are thankful for her.

A search committee will begin looking for a new Assistant Director of Youth Ministries in the coming weeks, and we trust that the Spirit is already at work to bring the right person to FPC.

We will have a reception on Sunday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the Wood Fellowship Hall to send Jen, Rich, Trey and William off with our blessings, gratitude, and love, and we hope you will be able to join us for this special celebration.

Thank you, Jen. Our prayers and love go with you as follow God’s call into this new chapter of ministry!

Peace,

Katelyn Gordon

Associate Pastor for Christian Formation

 

Note from Jen:

Friends,

It is with great excitement and a heavy heart that I share that God has called me to Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas as the Director of Youth, Young Adults and Young Families. We are thrilled about this opportunity and can’t wait to see how the Spirit continues to move! This position will begin as a non-ordained position and become an ordained position once I’ve completed all the Presbytery requirements. It is bittersweet for my family, but we recognize God’s hand at work and looking forward to following this call.

You all have supported me as I journeyed to receive my Masters of Divinity and work towards ordination. We have traveled together for the past 11 years, and it was a joy and an honor to walk together in life and in faith. You encouraged me to follow the Spirit as we tried new things with youth and families. You stood by me when time seemed to stop as I lay in a hospital bed. We stood together and were clear in the call to move to a more sustainable structure for youth ministry. We know that God is making all things new, so let us lean into faith to see and share in the Good News of the Gospel.

I’ll be eternally grateful for the ways that you helped me grow, how we shared life together, and that you were supportive as God used me to lead youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church. This isn’t goodbye; it is until I see you again.

Grace and Peace,

Jen