Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
It is my privilege to share news of an appointment change with you. After prayerful discernment, the Rev. David McPherson, Director of New and Vital Faith, has decided to retire from active ministry. Dave has served with distinction on conference staff, first as the Director of Connectional Ministries and then as the Director of New and Vital Faith since 2006. In that time, he has supported and cared for the programs and ministries of the conference and guided the work of revitalization of churches in our conference and jurisdiction. I have appreciated Dave’s wisdom and deep faith which he always brought to every team and committee he has been assigned to serve on, both in the Desert Southwest Conference, in the Western Jurisdiction and in the church at large.
Although I am saddened to receive his request for retirement, I honor his desire to spend more time in more leisurely pursuits including fishing and spending time outdoors.
I trust that you will find ways to express your gratitude to Dave and to hold him in prayer during this transition.