At the conclusion of our Sunday morning worship service on February 27, 2017, our Pastor of Students and Discipleship, Tim Franks tendered his resignation. Below is the full statement from Tim and a followup statement from Pastor Justin Deeter.
Good morning Forest Hills Family, That is what you are and have been for Alicia and I these past two and half years, What a joy it is to serve with a Church family that has been so generous and welcoming to us Western folk. There are so many memories from our foster care journey, camp trips, student’s sporting events and concerts, and of course those wonderful Primetimers’ lunches. Forest Hills brings great joy to my heart continually!
One thing I have learned about ministry being around it my whole life is that God brings us to serve at a place for a certain time that He determines. Pastor Justin and I have been praying and thinking for a little while about my future serving at Forest Hills. We have prayed over where I might be best gifted for ministry, and over my fit into the culture of Wilson and at Forest Hills Baptist Church. Pastor Justin is someone that Pastor Justin is someone that I respect as my Pastor and also as my friend in thinking through this. After much prayer and discussion, we have decided that it would be in the best interest of the church and for my family to find a different place of ministry. It is with a heavy heart that today I offer my resignation as Pastor of Students and Discipleship at Forest Hills Baptist Church. We are currently seeking a future ministry opportunity to serve with, and are looking forward to seeing God’s plan for us.
I know this will come as a shock to many, but know that the Lord is in control in all of our lives and will help us process this together. Again, I am so thankful to so many of you for how you have ministered with us, prayed for us, and brought us into your Church family.
At this time Pastor Justin will come and give a follow up statement
Pastor Justin's Statement:
I must begin by expressing my profound thankfulness to Tim as a friend and co-laborer in ministry. His support, enthusiasm, and loyalty to me in my leadership of Forest Hills has been unmatched. I must stress that Tim is a man of impeccable character, servant-hearted humility, and great godliness. He has served us well these last two and a half years.
Tim has always put Christ’s church first, ahead of himself, and his decision today only displays how much he deeply loves us. This decision today has been a mutual one filled with great prayer, and I personally look forward to seeing how God will use Tim and Alicia in ministry in the years to come.
Tim is actively looking for a place of service, and we at Forest Hills want to show him our profound appreciation for his ministry here and display Christian generosity to him as he makes this transition. Therefore, the deacons, personnel, and finance committee have unanimously approved a three-month package to assist the Franks in their transition to their next ministry assignment. Tim will continue to be on staff here at Forest Hills for the next four weeks, and his last Sunday will be on March 26th.
Concerning Tim’s job responsibilities, I will be taking on much of the discipleship responsibilities, including overseeing Sunday School and Community Groups. The personnel committee is actively looking for an interim youth director to put in place as soon as possible to ease the transition with the youth ministry.
Over the next few weeks, please express your gratitude to the Franks. As we conclude our time together this morning, I’d like to pray for Tim and Alicia as they embark on this next stage of their ministry journey.