Next Steps for Pastor Mandy Baldwin
From Pastor Steve Rennick:
Dear Church Family,
I hope you are still overflowing with gratitude from Thanksgiving Day which was only one week ago today!
I am grateful to God for many, many things, and what actually tops my list of gratitude is not any "thing." Instead, my gratitude list has people and people and still more people.
For me, Pastor Mandy Baldwin is one of the key people for whom I thank God! She is a friend, a fellow minister, a sister-in-Christ, and a beloved pastor in our midst.
In the Rennick family, like so many other families here at Church at the Crossing, God has used Pastor Mandy in personal and profound ways. We praise God for Pastor Mandy.
And now, after 17 transformational years on our staff, the time for her to transition to a new mode of ministry. I applaud her academic achievements and celebrate this new season of life.
We will be working hand-in-hand with our entire Pastoral Staff to ensure a smooth transition in Caring Ministries between now and Pastor Mandy’s final Sunday on our staff on March 12, 2017.
I rejoice that Pastor Mandy’s transition will keep her in the area and allow her to continue to be an active part of the life of our church family. We would not be who we are today if it were not for Pastor Mandy. And I know that I can count on you to help make this a positive transition for her and for our entire church family.
I say it again, "Congratulations Pastor Mandy Baldwin! We thank God for you!"
Pastor Steve Rennick
From Pastor Mandy Baldwin:
Dear Church Family,
It was just over 17 years ago when I walked through the doors of Church at the Crossing for the first time. It has been a journey which began as an administrative assistant; then becoming the Jr. High Director (while I was too young to drive the church vans on my first work camp!); to Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry; to Associate Pastor of Caring Ministry. I have grown at Church at the Crossing in ways I could never have imagined or dreamed. I love this place and people and I count it a privilege to have served alongside you and grown with you.
About seven years ago I felt God calling me to a specific role in counseling. Back then, I didn’t know where this would lead me. I enrolled in a graduate counseling program through Indiana Wesleyan University and on December 17, I will be graduating with a Master of Arts in Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. I have heard many of you ask what my plans will be upon graduation and until recently I have not known how to answer. Several weeks ago I was approached by a local counseling practice and asked to join their staff. After seeking much wise counsel and guidance, I now believe this is God’s next step for me and I have accepted their offer.
Establishing myself as a counselor in a private practice setting will take time as I establish a client base. Therefore, the staff and elders at CATC have graciously worked out an individualized transition plan that will allow me to slowly step off staff while building up a client base at the private practice. Over the first 10 weeks of the New Year, I will work 1 day less every two weeks which will free up space in my schedule to begin seeing clients. Sunday, March 12,
Did you catch that I said "last day on staff?" Although I will no longer be on Pastoral staff at CATC, I will still be worshiping with all of you. Church at the Crossing is my home church and you are my family. I will take some time away in the transition, and then I will return to worship with and serve alongside you.
Over the past 3 years, I have come to find such peace and comfort in the prayer of Paul for the Ephesians which says, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
I am also so grateful to Pastor Steve for his leadership in the church and in my life. Through the years that I have been on staff with him, I have been encouraged to continue seeking and following God in radical ways which Pastor Steve has modeled in his own life. He has given me opportunities and trusted me in ministry in ways that have changed my life. I will forever be grateful for his leadership and friendship.
I can’t wait to see all that God does IN and THROUGH Church at the Crossing!
Thank you for your love, support, encouragement, and friendship over my 17 years on staff. You are and will always be my family.
With a full Heart,
Associate Pastor of Caring Ministry