Bishop Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Greg Pittman to LUMC



 

"Soundings" from Pastor Terry:

On Sunday morning, Feb. 17, Jean Youngquist, the Chair of our “Staff/Parish Relations Committee” (SPRC) announced that Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Greg Pittman as the next pastor of Lancaster United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2019.

 

She read a letter from Rev. Jim Powell, our District Superintendent, that said in part: “As United Methodist pastors, we serve under the authority of the Bishop for the greater good of the body of Jesus Christ, and more specifically the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

As itinerant pastors we are appointed to our current church community, or a new church community, each year.” 

 

Joanne and I have been blessed to have been appointed here at Lancaster UMC each year for the last ten years. It has been our honor a great blessing to be your pastor and clergy couple.

 

Ever since I announced my retirement last Summer (effective June 30, 2019), Jean and the all the members of the SPRC have been in prayer, have been communicating with you and with the Rev. Jim Powell, (and through him to Bishop Hagiya) about the nature of this congregation and it’s Vision of the United Methodist Mission. Last fall we were blessed with an on-site visit by Bishop Hagiya who led us in worship, preached and shared about the larger United Methodist Church at lunch.

 

Based on all that loving work and insight, Bishop Hagiya and the rest of his cabinet have likewise been in prayer as they sought to find the pastor best suited to help this congregation move into the next season of its outreach and mission.  As you know, this church has been in the Antelope Valley for over 134 years and has a powerful, spirit-led tradition that touches thousands with the unconditional love of Christ.

 

In Rev. Greg, the Bishop is bringing a seasoned pastor of great heart and a love of Christ who is a strong preacher, is committed to Christian Education, Adult Spiritual Growth and Discipleship. He knows that each and every person here is endowed with Spiritual gifts by God that contribute to the spiritual health and growth of the whole congregation.

 

Pastor Greg is a Mississippi native who had a career in business before hearing a call into ministry. Ordained in 1995, he has served a number of churches both large and small. For four years he was the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit MS.

(Note: the Wesley Foundation is the uniquely United Methodist organization located on many colleges around the country. It provides a spiritual home for any and all students and is supported by the surrounding churches and the Annual Conference.)

 

In 2001, Pastor Greg came to Palmdale UMC and served as the Assistant Pastor to Rev. Jim Powell for 9 years, returning home to care for his ailing mother. While here he was also active in our camping program at Wrightwood.

 

He is currently serving the Chapel of the Cross UMC in Columbia, MS, as part of the clergy team that serves all the UM churches in and around that city.

 

He also has leadership responsibilities on the Brookhaven District Leadership Team charged with strategies for mission and growth of all the district churches. He is also on the District Comm. on Ministry (the 2nd step for Clergy Candidates in their ordination.)

 

Rev. Powell also wrote: “Pastor Greg has a great commitment to work towards growing the church, multi-cultural ministries, and building the next generation of Christians. He has extensive experience in family ministries and reaching a diversity of people. In the coming weeks, you will want to keep Pastor Greg and his current congregation in your prayers during this time of transition.”

 

I know that Pastor Greg has the gifts and graces needed to continue our growth and outreach here in the AV in the name of Jesus Christ. I thank God for our UM denomination that works hard to provide top notch clergy with the education, the training and the faith needed to lead a large, dynamic multicultural congregation such as ours. Pastor Greg brings all that and more.

 

I am also sure that you will welcome Pastor Greg and his wonderful wife Angela with the same warmth, love and open arms that you have welcomed Joanne and me.

We thank God for all of you.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Terry Van Hook 

 

Letter from Rev. Jim Powell

North
District

Cal-Pac Conference

THE UNITED

METHODIST

CHURCH

Rev. James R. Powell

District Superintendent

Bishop Grant Hagiya

Resident Bishop

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               February 13, 2019

to: Jean Youngquist: Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair             

Lancaster United Methodist Church

 

Dear Congregation of Lancaster UMC:

"Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I am writing to you as your District Superintendent to share with you the next step in your pastoral leadership. God often calls us to serve in new places and then prepares the way.

 

As United Methodist pastors, we serve under the authority of the Bishop for the greater good of the body of Jesus Christ, and more specifically the California-Pacific Annual Conference. As itinerant pastors we are appointed to our current church community, or a new church community, each year.  It this case, Pastor Terry moves into the retired relationship with our conference.

 

After consultation with the Appointive Cabinet, Bishop Grant Hagiya has discerned a new pastor for the Lancaster United Methodist Church. He is the Rev. Greg Pittman and his new appointment with you begins on July1, 2016.

 

Pastor Greg has a great commitment to work towards growing the church, multi-cultural ministries, and building the next generation of Christians. He has extensive experience with in family ministries and reaching a diversity of people- already serving years in the Antelope Valley. In coming weeks, you will want to keep Pastor Greg and his current congregation in your prayers during this time of transition.

 

We will work together to continue the important ministry at Lancaster UMC.  I will be continuing to work with your church’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee through this transition and pray that God will continue to bless the community you serve."

 

 

In Christ’s Service Together,

 

Rev. James R. Powell

North District Superintendent