As most people who have been part of the Methodist tradition know, pastors are appointed to their places of service one year at a time. Most years, the Staff Parish Relations team comes forward and announces that our pastors are returning for another year of service in our midst. This year is different. Mark will be moving on to another church in the June appointment cycle.
Mark has given our church three solid years of servant leadership from the first day he showed up, through the pandemic and to the solid ground we’re starting to see again. We were in a stormy, unsettled and uncertain time and with God’s help, Mark led us through it. We are in a stronger and better place than when he came to us, and he has prepared us for the new season to come.
Thank you, Mark. Thank you for your service in leading us through seasons of turmoil to survive and regrow our ministry in the community. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve alongside you for the past three years. I wish you success and God’s blessings as you continue your ministry here in Georgia.
I would now like to introduce you to our new pastor, Matt Stone. Pastor Matt will be leading us in worship starting July 10, 2022.
A native Texan, Pastor Matt has a Master’s of Divinity from The Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and has been a pastor in the Methodist church since 2007.
After leading a multi-site church in Texas, Matt and his wife, Margaret, moved to Atlanta with their children, Charlotte and Jackson, in 2020 in order to be closer to family. Since their move, Matt has served as an Associate Pastor at Dunwoody UMC. Matt is passionate about Wesleyan faith in Christ that seeks to grow the Kingdom of God and transform the world around us, and he is thrilled to be appointed to serve God at Peachtree City UMC!
I’m excited about Matt coming here. He will lead us through our continued recovery from the pandemic and guide us on a new mission journey in the years to come. Things are going to be different, it’s not going to be the same, but it will be so much better if we allow ourselves to lean into the transition. While Mark is leaving, God isn’t moving away and his promise is to give us a season of hope and for us to continue to thrive.
Please continue to pray for Mark and his family as they move forward.
Pray for Matt and his family as he comes to join us.
And continue to pray for our church as we continue to bring disciples to Christ.