No rocking chair for me

It is official.

Lord willing, I will retire on September 1, 2013… the same day I celebrate my 20th anniversary on the staff of Richmond’s First Baptist Church.

This congregation has been so good to me and my family for all these years. I wanted to return the blessing and help make this transition in the Communication Ministry as easy as possible. That’s why I gave notice at this early date: to allow plenty of time for consideration of the options for the future of this ministry.

To say it has been challenging and fulfilling would only scratch the surface. It will take me all of the next year to find the appropriate words to express my feelings:

  • to God for the opportunity to have some small part of His mission on earth by using my time, talent and energy for more than 30 years;
  • to Jim Flamming for bringing me into this remarkable staff family at FBC;
  • to Jim Somerville for keeping me on after he became Pastor and allowing me to serve as Associate Pastor for Communication;
  • to the crew and team members who have served so faithfully and effectively over the years;
  • and to this loving, generous, energetic, and compassionate congregation for paying me to do what I love to do, for providing all the tools we’ve needed to carry out an effective Communication Ministry, and for taking such good care of me and my family.

I don’t plan to rust out over the coming year… I intend to flame out. We have so much to do.

I hope we will be able to produce The Prodigal Project before I leave. And if we don’t, I’ll continue to work on it as a volunteer, post-retirement.

Over the coming months I will continue to give full attention to our ongoing ministries including the TV program and webcasts, the website, the WebClass, First Things First, and the KOH2RVA stories.

I am optimistic and excited about the future of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and the Communication Ministry. The best days are still ahead.

What will I do in retirement? Well, God willing, I won’t spend my time in a rocking chair in a dark room. I plan to continue, on a freelance and part-time basis, using the medium of video to tell compelling stories.

I’m looking forward to it.

Discerning & Building, next step

Our Pastor, Dr. Jim Somerville, tells about what happened in this morning’s “Ministry Action Plan Summit” – an important step in our process of discerning God’s will and developing our church budget. Here’s more about the process…

Rick & Kim Peters feed the homeless


Here’s one of the stories we’re telling about folks who are helping bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia – KOH2RVA. Rick and Kim Peters prepare and serve a home cooked meal Saturday mornings as part of First Baptist Church’s Community Missions.

KOH2RVA is a year-long, every-member mission trip sponsored by Richmond’s First Baptist Church. For more information, check out the KOH2RVA website.