Letter from Pastor Taesung Kang
January 23, 2017
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Returning from the Sunday worship service, I felt overwhelmed by the responses from the whole congregation after the SPRC’s official announcement of the pastoral change that is effective as of July 1, 2017. With a heavy heart, I would like to give you a fuller explanation about my discerning process and the decision I made, which I would like to address as a “Holy interruption.”
Last week, I received a phone call from Bishop Devadhar asking me to consider becoming the District Superintendent for the New Hampshire District. I had never expected such a phone call so I wondered if he had called the right person. After prayer and discussion with my family, I felt that God was calling me to serve the many small churches that are struggling for survival in the NH area. Although I have no doubt that it was God’s will for me to serve this wonderful congregation for years.
Mina and the girls are also saddened by the fact that we are moving away from our loving church family. One of the most difficult ministry challenges of all is saying goodbye to a church family we have loved and have been loved by. We pray that the Holy Spirit who lives in each of us may somehow carry the depth of our love from our hearts to you. I would like to invite all of us to designate our daily prayer time for God to grant us peace and guidance during this time of transition.
“Because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now. And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:5-6 GNT).
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Taesung Kang
Announcing Next Pastor
The SPRC met last Wednesday night, February first, with the District Superintendent and the candidate selected to become the next pastor of this church. We interviewed the candidate and were very much impressed with her.
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar intends to appoint the Rev. Wanda Santos-Perez as pastor of the Charlton City United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2017 subject to fulfilling all the requirements needed for a successful transition by the pastor and the respective churches affected by the appointment.
The appointment will be finalized at the 2017 Annual Conference Session of the New England Conference.
Rev. Wanda Perez is a transformational pastor and has a passion for making Disciples for Jesus Christ. She is married to the Rev. Rene Perez who is the District Superintendent of the Central Massachusetts District for the New England Annual Conference. Rev. Wanda is currently serving the Oxford and Quinsigamond United Methodist Churches. She has a deep spirituality and is a person of fervent prayer. Wanda also serves in leadership positions in the district and conference level. Please keep all of the churches and pastors involved in this pastoral transition in your prayers.
God has blessed us with the ministry of Pastor Tae Sung. Now God’s work with us and within us will continue with our new pastor, Rev. Wanda Perez.