At the end of Carol Burnett’s variety show she would sing, “I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long.” After much prayer and deliberation, Debye and I will both be retiring at the end of June 2021.

St. John is a wonderful church and I have always been proud to be your pastor. There is so much I want to say and don’t know how to say it. I thank you for your encouragement, friendship, and love. My last Sunday in the pulpit will be June 20th. It is hard to believe that I am completing my 5th year here at St. John, and completing 38 years of ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.

I am excited for you that as we come out of this pandemic, we come out with great hope and high expectations for what we can do as Christ’s light to this community. I am thrilled that we now are having in-person worship. Your identity as an inclusive congregation has been noted by the community and will make an impact for years to come.

Debye and I will be moving to Decatur, Georgia for now, where our 3 adult children and 3 and ½ grandchildren live. I hope to finish my hike to complete the Appalachian Trail in August, and we plan to travel first in the USA and then who knows where.  As you might imagine, these are emotional times for us. Please pray for us as we make this important transition into the next phase of life.

Know that we love you and are sad and yet excited at the same time. We love you more than you know and wish you all the best.

Jody and Debye