We Are Moving to South Carolina

Bittersweet. That’s the only word to describe how Charity and I are feeling.

 

On one hand, we are so saddened to say goodbye to our loved ones at Church of the Highlands and the greater Tennessee Valley/North Georgia. We’ve been all in here, invested spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, and relationally. The rivers of sweat equity have heavily flowed from our hearts into this church these last five and one half years.

 

On the other hand, we are so excited about the next chapter God has before us to pastor Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, SC (suburban Greenville) and to reach the greater Upstate region of South Carolina for Christ. We pray this is the last time we ever move.

 

PRAYER

 

Please pray for our family, Church of the Highlands, and Brushy Creek Baptist Church Taylors as we all experience a change in our season of life. Please pray for Highlands to be given clarity of God’s will for the next pastor.

 

ONLINE MINISTRY

 

As for my online ministry, things are staying the same on here. I’m still writing, podcasting, etc., on the same schedule. Thanks so much for consistently visiting my site to learn more about church growth, creativity, leadership, and vision as I seek to learn about it, too.

 

ABOUT BRUSHY CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, TAYLORS, SC

Whenever I see a pastor whom I know or follow make a transition from one church to another, I end up googling the church to learn more about it. Feel free to do so as well. Let me share with you a few details about our new church family in Greenville:

 

  • It was founded in 1794 (George Washington was President of the United States).
  • I’m following a pastor of 25 faithful years, Dr. Ralph Carter, who retired this past February. My desire is to honor he and his wife, Regina, as I take the baton of responsibility to serve as lead undershepherd of this fellowship.
  • It is a large church. I’m sure some will look at this transition and think I’m just moving on to a bigger church, but the size was not what caused us to feel the tug in our hearts to move. We genuinely feel called of God to go to Brushy Creek.
  • There are several churches in South Carolina named “Brushy Creek Baptist Church.” I’m going to the one in Taylors, SC and their website is BrushyCreek.org.
  • Greenville is the fourth-fastest-growing city in America (source), and there are so many housing developments popping up all over the immediate area around the church. BMW and Michelin are particularly causing the boom in the area.
  • Click here for a link to the announcement from Brushy Creek about my calling as their new lead pastor.

RESIGNATION LETTER

 

The following is the resignation letter I shared with Church of the Highlands this morning (click here for a PDF of it):

 

Dear Church of the Highlands Family,

 

I am submitting my letter of resignation as Pastor of Church of the Highlands effective October 22, 2017. That is a sentence I thought I would never write. However, God has been doing something in my life over the past several months that has led me to believe this is the next step He has for Charity, our girls, and myself. Without question, this has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make.

I will begin serving as the pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, SC on November 6th. A member of their church called my mentor in the ministry, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, described the type of leader their church was seeking, and asked if he would recommend someone. Dr. Floyd felt their description of needs matched my skillset and overall fit. After meeting with their leadership, seeking the Lord’s will through prayer, much seeking of counsel, and more prayer, Charity and I feel 100% peace that God is leading us to this new chapter of ministry.

While we could not be more heartbroken over having to leave this church family we love so much, we also could not be more excited for the opportunity God has put before us. The mixed emotions of sadness leaving friends and the excitement of making new ones in a new church family are difficult to explain.

One of my daughters, Lily, was born here. The other, Autumn, was born again here. We have seen so many of you grow spiritually by leaps and bounds. We have seen marriages restored. We have seen God do a miracle by making a phoenix rise from the ashes as a once great church eventually died, and we were able to replant as a vibrant and healthy ministry. Highlands is significantly healthier in attendance, finances, and evangelistic effectiveness. We will never forget our experiences we have shared with the people of Church of the Highlands.

God is at work and He is already preparing the heart and the path of your next pastor, whoever he may be. He will be a blessed man to have the opportunity to serve Church of the Highlands. You will love him as you have loved us. And I pray he will love you as we have loved you.

Thank you for a great five and one half years. Thank you for your willingness to take risks and not play it safe.

I love you,

Jeremy Roberts

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16 Comments on “We Are Moving to South Carolina”

  1. Looking forward to seeing you in our church, Brushy Creek Baptist Church, as God seeks to lead us all in this new phase of our church.

  2. Jeremy,

    I have been praying for you, Charity, Autumn, and Lily, and Church of the Highlands. I know today was a hard day for you. We are looking forward to having you as our pastor at Brushy Creek. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you in your transition.

    Linda

    1. Linda, you’re such an encouraging and supportive person. Thanks for how you’ve helped us during the search committee process.

  3. Jeremy,
    My name is Vicki Allen. I am the one who requested your sermon notes for October 1. I work with our Deaf Ministry at Brushy Creek. I also was more than blessed to be able to spend a hot second talking with you privately at the church’s front door. It seemed as if God just kept people away so I could ask you how you were feeling. I have been praying for you and your church since you visited us. I knew this was going to be a difficult day for both you and your Highlands family. I wanted you to feel Jesus standing there with you with one arm around you and the other arm extended giving your Highlands family the “thumbs up” sign letting them know this was His doings and not totally yours.. I wanted your Highlands family to feel peace and joy through their shock and tears. Jesus has us..all 3 of us…because we all know HE sees the UPPER STORY…we just see the LOWER STORY and have to trust Him that He knows what he is doing for HIGHLANDS, BRUSHY CREEK and me. I wanted to text you or email you all week to give you words of LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT but did not know how to contact you and was a little concerned that if I did contact you, someone from Highlands would find out (I think they call that paranoid) (remind me to tell you the story of how I thought I hacked into the CIA and found JFK’s autopsy photos… I think they call that PARANOID with all caps.) Must be the brain damage from all the drugs I did not ingest 50 yrs ago.
    I feel as if I am in two grieving processes right now. I have been a member of Brushy Creek for around 18 yrs or so. I heard many many many many many times Ralph say he would retire when he was 65. Just like the disciples heard Jesus say many many many many times I AM GOING TO DIE. But as the disciples, it did not really sink in…but when he read his I AM LEAVING letter, I was not surprised, I was not shocked but knew I would have to go thru a grieving process beginning like right now. Ralph was special to me. He let me be me and not a phony “talk spiritual” when talking to the “Pastor” kind of person. He let me talk like me and never made me feel I had to be something other than just me. I came to BCBC from a painful church experience and needed healing. Ralph never knew. But for some reason, he loves me. I honestly had thoughts of making a clean break and starting new at a church closer to me. I live in Inman/Lyman area in Spartanburg and it is a 30 minute drive to church. But God messed me up when he brought Allen in. Now grieving process number 2 in place and working on top of grieving process number 1. I don’t grieve well and it is often not very pretty. I worked for Hospice for many years and believe me, I do know how to grieve.
    I said all of that to say this…I want you to come into Brushy Creek and be everything Jesus made you to be. I want you to love us, to take care of us, to be focused on us and only us for a while because we all have a lot of healing to do. Our hearts and spirits are tender and vulnerable right now and I need you to help us through this transition … to help ME through this transition.
    I already love you and Charity and Autumn and Lily. I am here FOR Y’ALL.
    Hugs to you and your family…
    Vicki

    1. Vicki, thanks so much for your comment. I can’t imagine what it is like to transition from one pastor for so long to me (a stranger) coming into the picture. I have been praying for BCBC to work through all of the emotions of transitioning from Dr. Carter to myself in a way that could only be explained as “of the Lord.”

      I just prayed for you and Allen. I will continue to pray for you.

  4. We prayed specifically for The Church of the Hoghlands this morning. Love you guys and Beto d excited for you to get here!

  5. We are so happy you and your sweet family are becoming a part of the church family at Brushy Creek. We all stand ready to help you in any way as you all make this transition in your lives. We know this has been a difficult day for you and we have prayed for you and Highland since you accepted the call to come to Brushy Creek. We look forward to November and all the months and years to follow. God bless you all. Jean Boroughs

    1. Hello, Jean. Thank you so much for your encouragement through this season. See you next month!

  6. Jeremy and Charity,

    I cannot express how excited I am about the Lord bringing you to Brushy Creek. I took a leap myself about 7 years ago and moved from Florida and my life has not been the same. Of course staying the same is not what we are supposed to do . I believe that the Lord Orchestrated this move for you in his perfect time just as he did for me. I believe every verse learned, every class taken and taught, every mentor, every moment has led up to this one.

    I look forward to getting to know you and your family. I have prayed for you every day and will continue to do so. I am ready to serve with you as we follow Jesus. I’m excited about the vision!
    Regina Henderson

    1. Regina, thank you so much for your encouragement. We, too, are taking a leap of faith from comfort and the known to the unknown.

  7. So excited about God’s call for you to come and lead us. I am looking forward to getting to know you and develop a friendship. Welcome to your new home.

  8. Jeremy,

    I’ve lived in Florida now for almost 18 years but I still consider Brushy Creek to be my home church. It is a special place, and there are many great, godly people there. I’ve been praying for the church in the search process, and will continue to pray for them and for you and your family during this time of transition. I look forward to meeting you at some point when I’m in the Upstate area.

    Luke

    1. Luke, thanks so much for your prayers. I’d love to connect some time. May God be glorified in this new chapter of ministry!

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