Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Six years ago, I received a call from a dear friend asking if I would allow him to share my resume with a church looking for a pastor. With hesitancy, I agreed, only to find out he’d already submitted it. Much to my own surprise, especially with the fact that he submitted a 3-years out-of-date resume that said my then current position was a youth minister instead of a full-time pastor, my phone rang to set up an initial conversation with the head of the pastor search committee of Knightdale Baptist Church. As I had to explain to Garland Baptist, when you’ve made enough friends in ministry, they sometimes send out your information without you even knowing.
Six years can feel both long and short. Short in the sense that the time passes without you recognizing how quickly it’s moving, but long from a place of practical realization. Six years is nearly 300 sermons, give or take with vacation time, and I’m sure you remember them all, right? In that time, I’ve had the privilege of building relationships, being a participant of personal milestones, performing baptisms, dedicating babies, and the honor of speaking to someone’s memory.
As I survey six years spent as your pastor, there are certainly many good memories. Even through the hardships, our time together has been one of encouragement and perseverance, as we continue striving towards a common goal of reaching lives for Jesus.
For six years, Knightdale Baptist Church has been home, a place of family and friends. So, to my church family and the friends I’ve made along the way …
— Trent Sessoms