Letter: Retired pastor excited to start a new stage in life
Retiring August 31, after 47 years of serving four congregations as pastor, begins a new era in my life. Please share my gratitude to the people in this region for all their love, support, inspiration, and cooperation during the decades. The last 41 years serving Historic Providence Christian Church have been amazing. The numerous experiences I have been blessed to share in the lives of the members of the church and beyond are humbling and appreciated. These experiences including studying, sermons, baptisms, weddings, counseling, births with baby dedications, funerals, mission projects, and spiritual growth have been “holy ground” experiences. Transforming the facilities, plus celebrating, and capturing for posterity the unique history of this region with roots at Providence, required the cooperation of countless people and groups in this region.
It was an honor and privilege to have worked with various people as we developed the annual CROP Hunger Walk, the Allied Churches of Alamance County, the community solar workshops and served together on many committees, boards, and civic clubs. Thanks to all the organizations and schools that hosted my educational magic shows! Serving as a volunteer firefighter/chaplain at the Graham Fire Department is special. Whether doing a cross country bicycle ride to foster hunger awareness or taking this county around the world to recognize people who serve on four continents, I have been overwhelmed by the way our citizens support worthwhile efforts. A special tip-of-the-hat must go to the media for sharing and promoting these special causes through the decades. I can only hope that all these many people who have touched me, encouraged me, given so much to me, inspired me, and blessed me, will have received something beneficial and helpful in return from our shared experience. On behalf of my family, I am expressing our gratitude to all of you. May God continue to bless you abundantly! I am no longer on call 24/7 as a pastor, but I am still full time in service to God and excited about the next stage of life.
Darryl R. Peebles, ordained minister, Graham