by John Matkin on July 02, 2021
June 26, 2021
Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
This Sunday, I step away from serving as your pastor for a three-month period. My cardiologist sees progress in my heart condition, but believes an extended time away from work responsibilities will be beneficial. There will be more tests and the possibility of additional medical treatments.
One of the advantages of our Methodist connectional system is the conference’s Office of Interim Ministries. The conference recognizes that interim pastors can serve the needs of congregations in special situations. Interim pastors are trained for this special ministry. The conference pays the salary of the interim pastor while the current pastor remains employed by the congregation.
I invite you to welcome Rev. Jerry Pennington this Sunday as your interim pastor for July, August, and September. Jerry grew up in Lake Jackson and spent a fruitful career serving congregations of the Texas Annual Conference. His most recent appointment was Klein United Methodist in Spring.
Thank you for your prayers and support throughout these past few months and for these coming months. Please be in prayer for Rev. Pennington during these same coming months.