I am greatly honored that you have voted to call me to become your next senior pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran. I humbly accept your invitation and look forward to journeying with you in mission and ministry. Over the past several months it has been my pleasure to get to know your congregation. I am truly excited about what God is doing in your midst and the direction in which God is leading this community of faith.
Gethsemane has many gifts, both with a highly talented staff and a strong group of spirited lay leaders. I am delighted to be provided the opportunity to work with them. Together I know we will build a strong and united team that is focused on leading the whole congregation in growing deeper in their walk of faith and to reach out to the larger community with the love of Christ Jesus.
I will be joining Gethsemane right in the middle of Holy Week and can think of no better beginning than to journey with you to the cross of Christ and celebrate his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. God bless you and keep you in his grace.
In Christ’s Peace,
Pastor John D. F. Nelson