Guest Post by Brian Holt
It is with a mixture of both excitement and sadness that we would like to announce that I have accepted the position of Executive Pastor at Bridgeway Community Church in Fishers, Indiana starting in May.
For the past year, Anna and I have felt a growing burden in our hearts for the Midwest. We had been sensing that God might lead us to return someday, though we weren’t sure when that might happen. That burden was in stark contrast to how we felt when we first moved to Georgia (and before I got to know SEC fans). At that time, we knew exactly where we were supposed to be and what we were supposed to be doing. Over time, as we tried to be obedient and bold, that direction has shifted.
Rock Bridge has been absolutely incredible to and for me and my family. Moving to Georgia was easily the best decision we’ve ever made as a family and we will cherish every minute of it and every friendship we’ve gained. I learned how to be a leader, pastor, strategic thinker, and a better disciple through my time under the leadership of this church. Through the relationships we gained, we learned how to be good parents, better stewards, and better spouses and have grown closer to God. In many ways, it brings me great sadness to leave this place. We are leaving, not because we have to and not because of unhealth, but rather to step out in faith into a new adventure. If not for how amazing Rock Bridge is, we’d never have been ready to accept this new journey.
But this decision is not all sad. We aren’t leaving to go to a terrible place filled with terrible people. Bridgeway Community Church immediately captured our hearts. It was clear from the beginning that this was a place that aligned with our vision of what church could be. The people are kind and passionate about Jesus. They are not judgmental, but cover all things with grace. They are more concerned with loving people into a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Gospel than they are about maintaining old traditions. Their faith is evident, passionate, and directed. Their reliance on Him is clear. It will be an honor to serve God alongside each and every one of them. I pray that God will use this church for His glory, as He has Rock Bridge.
All new journeys are inherently scary. There is so much unknown. (What if they really are all terrible people and they just hide it well?) However, we take great peace in knowing that there is One who is never unknown, no matter where we go, as long as we are following Him. And that’s what our family longs to be about.
With much love,
Brian & Anna