Big news for us! Nicole and I have accepted co-pastor positions with River Church in Lakewood, Colorado, beginning January 1! We are excited to see how God is leading us to this new adventure, but of course sad to be leaving our friends.
Here is the letter I provided to my Rockton United Methodist Church:
Dear Beloved RocktonUM Church Family,
We are all living out a way of being unlike any most of us have known. Thanksgiving just now behind us, for most of us was not the kind of feast and celebration that we’re used to, and likely blanketed with loss. Now, the onset of Advent near, we approach the season with the same adjustments and challenges. Yet none of us do this alone! We are the community of saints, the Body of Christ, the living embodiment of the Spirit of the Living God—and it is a privilege to be in it with you.
Our family is in the midst of another change—quite significant. Nicole and I have accepted Co-Pastor positions with a church in Lakewood, Colorado. My ministry at RocktonUMC has been a blessing, however the DurandUMC will be going through a transition in the future where Nicole would have concluded her time there. And due to our family needing to make the transition away from the Durand parsonage which could have potentially affected my appointment as well, we started looking into opportunities to co-pastor. With those opportunities not available in our conference for us currently, we were presented with an opportunity with a Free Methodist Church in Colorado and after prayerfully considering the opportunity, we have accepted the co-pastor positions which begin January 1, 2021. We will be able to minister together, be closer to family, and provide a better environment and educational fit for our youngest son.
The Conference will provide an interim minister for RocktonUMC to transition until conference time for a new appointment to the church. I am excited for God’s leading in a new way in our lives but also saddened to leave behind our Rockton Church family with so much potential for God working in new ways here as well. So I lay it all at Jesus’ feet and trust the Lord both for his provision for my family and I, but also for provision for our Rockton Church family as well. And know this; I know God more fully by knowing you, and have become more like Jesus by being church with you these past 2 ½ years. Each appointment shapes us in unexpected and beautiful ways, and you are indelibly etched on my heart.
The peace of all peace be yours this day, and may you walk at the pace of grace through Advent, into the New Year and where God will lead you personally and as a church family!
Love in Christ,
Pastor Howie Snyder
“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)