Dear Redemption Church,
About six months ago, Kari and I began to sense God leading us into a new season of life and ministry. As we dreamt about our growing family, we began to wonder if the Fraser Valley might be where we eventually go, as we both have family and friends there. Yet, we were not sure what ministry would look like there or if we were actually called to go.
A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from one of my best friends, who pastors at a church in Chilliwack, B.C. Years ago, he and I both sensed (and hoped) that at some point in our lives, God would have us serve in ministry together. He informed me that a pastoral position had opened up at his church and wondered if we would consider it. As we prayed about it, Kari and I became more and more excited about this opportunity. In other areas as well, we feel this move aligns us with the visions and dreams God has placed on our hearts for the future. Yet at the same time, we recognize that this is an important season in the life of the church, as we wait for the provision of a new lead pastor. This has created a lot of tension for us and made this decision quite difficult.
After praying and seeking counsel from close family and friends, we have decided that it is in fact time to leave. This past Thursday, I resigned from my position as Assistant Pastor. Kari, Grayson, and I will be moving to Chilliwack where I will continue pastoring. My last Sunday with Redemption will be on August 28.
Kari and I have been truly blessed during our time with you over the last three years, and with Church at/from the Hollywood and Utown for seven years before that. This church will always be the place where Kari first gave her life to Jesus, and where I subsequently felt a call to pastoral ministry. We love what God is uniquely doing here and recognize that we most likely will not experience a church quite like this again. I am very thankful for the opportunity given to me to help launch a new home group ministry (Oikos), a new discipleship ministry (Trios), and to pour into and raise up new worship bands and leaders. The last three years have been foundational for me as a leader.
I want to make clear that this decision is in no way influenced by Tim’s recent departure or by any sort of growing frustration with the church. I am very grateful for the leadership of my fellow staff (Lisl, Sarah, and Megan) as well as the board and elders, who have been very supportive during this transition. This is much more of a pull than it is a push.
We love you and it is very sad to say goodbye. But we leave knowing that Redemption is Jesus’ church, that He will build it, and that His kingdom will come. We are so grateful that you have become a part of our story, and that God has allowed us to be part of yours.
Tyson and Kari (and Grayson)
Dear Redemption Church,