As we begin the month of June, let us all say “Thank you!” to Ken Trammell for five wonderful years of ministry and “Welcome!” to John Majette as he joins our church staff as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music.

Ken Trammell came to us in 2019 and immediately improved our worship services with his outstanding playing of both piano and organ and his superb direction of our choir. Ken’s love for Jesus Christ was evident every Sunday and the way he got us to sing praises to God was inspiring! If you talk to the choir members you will hear how he welcomed both novice singers as well as experienced singers to the choir, and helped all of them improve their singing through his expert direction. Our many Christmas and Easter Cantatas involved additional singers and narrators in ways that brought the gospel message alive in our worship. Speaking for myself, it has been a joy to work with Ken through all five of the past years. I will miss him greatly!

God continues to bless our church by bringing wonderful, gifted Christians to join our church staff. Please join me in welcoming John Majette as our new Associate Pastor and Minister of Music. I am excited to begin working with John starting on his first Sunday with us—June 9. It will also be fun to get to know his sons, Lucas and Matthias. Both boys are excellent athletes and excel at football—which is my favorite sport—so I particularly look forward to watching them play.

I believe John will help strengthen our church’s ministry to children and young teens, which is our greatest need in the coming years. But he will bless members of all ages through his ministry of music. If you have thought about joining the choir, let me encourage you to do that just as John begins to direct the choir. What a perfect time to begin using the voice God gave you to praise God and bless the rest of us in worship.

I also encourage you to find some way to personally welcome John, Lucas, and Matthias to our church. Perhaps you can treat them to lunch one Sunday after worship. Or maybe you can write them a heartfelt “welcome to the church” card or letter. Wait for a time when you think John has done something very well, and tell him directly how much you appreciate what he did. Introduce yourself to Lucas and Matthias and begin calling them by name. Have a conversation with John and discover something new about him. Welcome all three of them to our church family!


In Christ,

Pastor Mark