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A Tough Farewell…


I take it that most of you know by now that I am leaving Westbrook Community Church. It was a tough decision because we love Westbrook Community Church. My family and I love the people, the staff, my students, and the community. We are so grateful to have been a part of this church family for the last 3 ½ years, and I’m so excited for what God has in store for Westbrook in the days, months, and years ahead.


The call to leave our Westbrook family has been a tough one. The reason that I’m leaving Westbrook is simply because God is calling our family to something new. I’m a missionary at heart. Hearing and heading the voice of God is how God is called me to live my life. It’s why I came to America and why I came to Westbrook to begin with. Now God is calling my family and me to a new chapter of ministry. Though I have many mixed emotions, I trust His leading.


It all began a year ago. I had a dream that I would be leaving Westbrook in February 2021. It was not something that I acted on but rather tucked away for a time of confirmation if it came to pass. This is one of many affirmations I received this past year of God’s guidance.

A few people have asked, “Why now?”. With great excitement around our new church building, why would you leave now? To be honest, there is never a good time to go. God is always doing great work within His church. I trust His timing and His sovereignty over all of this.


Leaving Westbrook is a decision that I have to make carefully, assured that it is God’s leading as I transition to Oakwood Community Church as the Director of Discipleship. If God is guiding me to another church, He will provide for my family and He will also provide for the Westbrook Community Church family as well.


I have been so blessed by working with Pastor Kevin, Westbrook staff members, church leaders, the congregation, and especially my wonderful students. I tell people, “In America, Kevin has been one of the most influential people in my life.” He has been a great mentor, teacher, and encourager in my life. I will considerably miss his leadership.


So, while it is a bittersweet day, I’m grateful Westbrook has helped define the calling of God on my life. To serve churches in need of help. I am a South African missionary responding to the call of God in my life. Just as you might be excited to see where God will be taking me, I am excited to see how God uses Westbrook Community Church. You will always be in my prayers. Thank you for a wonderful 3 ½ years together.

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