Dear Stonebridge Church Family,
Your Staff-Parish Relations Team and Leadership Board have had a busy few weeks as we have navigated through the news of Pastor John and Pastor Holly's appointments to new churches this summer and Pastor Jeff Lust's appointment to Stonebridge on July 1. We have also been working on filling open positions on the staff and looking at how best to organize the staff for the coming year. As Leadership Board chair, I am pleased to share this information with you on behalf of the whole team.
First, we are excited to announce new hires for our youth and children's ministries. After an exhaustive search, we have selected Maggie Jenkins as our next Youth Director. Maggie is graduating from SMU Perkins School of Theology this May (along with Pastor Courtney) and is pursuing ordination as a Deacon in the UMC. (Ask one of our pastors for more information about that!) She is currently on the youth ministry staff at First UMC Rockwall and will begin working at Stonebridge on May 1. We have also chosen Stephanie Jordan as our next children's director. Stephanie has worked in children's ministry over the past 10 years and is currently the director of a local preschool. Additionally, we have asked Jenn Brown to serve as a Program Ministry Assistant, working with Maggie and Stephanie in an administrative support role. Both Stephanie and Jenn will start on April 17.
Next, with a new youth director in place and with Pastor Holly's role to fill, we will be shifting Pastor Jana into the role of Associate Pastor for Discipleship. Jana will direct adult ministries and oversee children and youth ministries, along with Sunshine Kids Preschool. Jana will be able to draw on her years of experience leading age-level program ministries, along with her organizational skills, to help guide people of all ages into deeper discipleship. Jana will also have a role in worship as needed.
Our incoming Senior Pastor has had knowledge of the Staff-Parish team's tasks since his introduction to the Leadership Board. When Pastor John recently spoke to Pastor Jeff, he said, "I am very impressed by the people of the Leadership Board and trust their discernment and leadership. I am aware of the process and decision-making in the hiring of new staff members and eagerly anticipate doing ministry alongside the outstanding staff members of Stonebridge."
We are very excited to have these pieces of the puzzle in place as we enter into our next chapter of ministry as a church family. Please be in prayer for these new staff members, but just as important, jump in and offer to help them! There are plenty of opportunities available right now!
Thank you for your continued support of our church. I look forward to seeing you over the next few days as we experience the power of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services) and the joy of Easter (Sunrise service and Sunday worship)!
Thanks be to God,