A Friend and Colleague

by | Nov 15, 2021 | Reflections Blog

Forrest’s New Call

You have all heard by now about Forrest’s new call to The Synod of the Trinity. For eight years Forrest has been a faithful Co-executive and Stated Clerk, serving our community with uncommon wisdom and expertise. His knowledge of Presbyterian polity is valued throughout the denomination and his gifts have proven indispensable as our presbytery started new worshiping communities, organized congregations, and supported innumerable transitions of churches and pastors.

But I would imagine the attribute of Forrest’s for which we are most grateful is that he has fulfilled his ordination vow to “be a friend among his colleagues, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit.” He has certainly been that to me and I will miss him greatly.

Forrest and Tom visit Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial during a Presbytery Leader Formation Event in March 2019

The “Filler of Big Shoes”

Forrest is leaving behind big shoes to fill. Thankfully, our God is the “filler of big shoes” and will lead us faithfully through this time of transition as he has done for many years.

Our staff is one of the most experienced in the denomination and we have worked tirelessly to understand each other’s roles so that, when circumstances require it, we fill in for each other without missing a beat.

Since receiving Forrest’s news, our staff has met multiple times to plan for a smooth transition both for Forrest and for Los Ranchos. Furthermore, we are staying in close communication with the Staff Relations Committee so they may guide our efforts to provide continuous and exemplary service to our congregations and mission partners. Please pray for us as we endeavor to do so.

Giving thanks for Forrest’s faithful partnership, even as we say “good-bye,”