Pastor Wayne Derber
Phone: 815-570-2088 (home) 815-508-3435 (cell)
“My times are in your hand.” – Psalm 31:15
I will be retiring from pastoral ministry on July 1st. So I will be ending my ministry with you and all the Salem church family at the end of June. This will mark the end of my 40th year of ministry. This seemed to me to be a good time to transition into retirement.
It is with very much mixed emotions that I have made this decision. On the one hand, I am looking forward to having more free time to spend with Melody and my family and also to enjoy my hobbies. On the other hand, I feel very sad to be leaving you and all of the wonderful members of our church family. I do feel very thankful to have had the privilege of serving you as pastor for over eleven years. What a wonderful church family we have! I will miss you all very much!
I make this next observation with some jest and also with some seriousness. I don’t know what retirement will be like – I’ve never been retired before! I’m sure there will be some parts of pastoral ministry that I will miss very much. I don’t know exactly what I will do in retirement, but I’m sure I’ll find some ways to be doing ministry in some form.
I know this will be an uncertain time for Salem as well. I do think that the congregation is doing well thanks to our loving God and our quite capable and dedicated council members, staff, committee members and many good and faithful church members. I imagine that soon the synod will arrange an interim pastor for you and then in time you will once again call a new pastor to serve you.
Most of all, during times of transition and change we can trust that we are in God’s care. A popular saying puts it this way: “I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.” Our memory verse for April is certainly true: “My times are in your hand.”
Your Friend in Christ,