As many of you already know, we received Pastor Ryan Tucker’s resignation letter this past weekend. Ryan has accepted a position as Director of Family Life for NewPointe Community Church in Dover, Ohio. NewPointe Community Church is a great and growing church that has 5 campus locations, and is a church of 4,000 or more.
Ryan’s resignation is effective Monday, August 21st. Like me, I’m sure you have mixed emotions about this. We obviously want God’s best for Ryan and the Tucker family, however, the Tuckers will be greatly missed. Ryan has made a big difference here at Journey and has led the Next Gen ministry to new levels of success and effectiveness. The lives of many children, students and their families have been forever impacted by the Gospel under Ryan’s leadership. I’m including a copy of Ryan’s letter of resignation. It’s well written and a further testimony to God’s leading and direction in Ryan’s life. As noted in his letter, we can all take heart in knowing that Journey helped prepare Ryan for bigger things in Kingdom work.
July 15, 2017
Dear John, Roddy & The Elders of Journey Christian Church,
It is with a heavy but excited heart that I write to inform you that I am officially resigning my position as the Next Gen Pastor at Journey Christian Church effective Monday, August 21st 2017. I have accepted the position of Director of Family Life for NewPointe Community Church in Dover, OH.
My time at Journey over the past three and a half years has been filled with lots of joy, challenges, growth and encouragement. My experience at Journey will be remembered as the greatest period of growth in my life where I have been challenged and stretched more than ever before. There is no question that I would not be qualified or prepared to take on a larger role at a larger organization without my time at Journey.
My staff in Next Gen is the greatest team I could have ever hoped for and it has been one of the highlights and greatest joys of my life to lead them at Journey. They are passionate, creative, energetic and unified in Journey’s approach and outreach to Next Gen and I am anxious to see how they step up and lead at an even higher level in my transition.
As I look to new things and unfold the new chapter of life that God has for our family I charge you as the leadership of Journey to continue and increase your investment and ministry to Next Gen. Our children and students are the greatest mission field we have as the local church today, continue to make them a priority and focus and the fruit and Kingdom impact will be immeasurable.
As always, you can expect 100% of my energy and effort in the coming weeks and I am available to plan, strategize and participate in any and all transition processes to set Journey up for success moving forward. Again, thank you all for your encouragement and support during my time at Journey, it has been unforgettable.
Please join in praying for the Tuckers as they transition to this new work in Ohio. We will definitely miss the Tucker family! Pastor John said it best —- “My goal, Ryan, as I know yours is as well, is to help you finish well at Journey and I look forward to supporting you to that end.”
…And Another Joins
As one leaves, another joins the Journey “Team.” Please welcome our new Executive Pastor of Operations, Matt Mashburn. Matt and his wife, Melissa, recently relocated to the Orlando area from South Florida / Ft. Lauderdale. Matt and Melissa have been married for 24 years and have two grown sons who are both “out of the nest.” Matt brings significant experience from both a ministry and business perspective, and he will be a great addition to our “team.”
Matt recently wrote to the Journey staff, “It is an honor to be part of the Journey team. I have prayed for this since the first time Melissa and I visited. I look forward to getting to know all of you and getting to do ministry alongside you.”
I’m going to exercise some writer’s privilege and head off any questions —- No, I’m not going anywhere, and no, I’m not retiring, at least not yet. On the contrary, I am looking forward to taking on some new responsibilities and duties as I continue — LOVING THE JOURNEY.
PS — Pastor John will be back in 12 days, not that anyone’s counting. After two months of R&R, I know he’s rested, inspired and “ready to go.” Hold on, as John’s August preaching series, I LOVE MY CHURCH, is going to be fantastic!