From the Council of Elders
This past summer Gabe Gilliam, our Teaching Pastor, announced his resignation. He is following God's call into another career. The Council of Elders accepted Gabe’s resignation with reluctant and heavy hearts.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” We rely upon that same trust in God as we seek to discover the path God has for our church. We expect that He has a candidate in mind to fill the position of teaching pastor at Saratoga Federated Church. We are confident in God’s faithful provision, which he has demonstrated to us consistently over our almost 100-year history.
At this time our Search Committee is in place and working. You can read more about that on the tab marked Search Update. As you know, finding the right person can take some time. For the short term, the Staff and Elders are already in the process of seeking an interim preacher who can take over teaching on Sunday mornings, in an effort to continue the Spirit-led, insightful and relevant teaching that we have been so fortunate to have for many years. Additionally, Tim, Sally, Bill, and Arvin have generously offered to fill in the gaps by preaching on a rotating schedule for a season while the interim preacher is sought.
We serve a wise and loving God who has purposes beyond our understanding. We ask for your prayers for the Gilliam family, our church, its pastors and Elders, and the search team as we navigate this transition together.
In His Name,
Council of Elders,
Saratoga Federated Church