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For some the word change denotes growth. For others there is a sense of dread that is attached to it. But the reality is that if we do not want to die we must change. Right now the District is in the midst of transition…change. For some it is an exciting time. For others it is stressful, but it is life, and it is growth.

     For the past three years my wife Melody and I have enjoyed the privilege of providing Pastoral Care for the ministers and families of the Illinois District. It has been a blessing in our lives, and we hope in yours as well. We have celebrated when there was reason to celebrate and mourned when there was need to mourn. Through it all we have sought to touch your lives at the point and time of need. We hope we were successful.

     Recently God has turned our hearts back to local pastoral ministry. A door of opportunity has opened for us to accept the pastorate of a church with a great history in the Assemblies of God. We are excited about the possibilities! To be honest, we are also a little nervous. The needs are great in the church today. There is a whole generation that is questioning the relevance of the church. But with God’s help we believe it is a great time to pastor a church.

      But there is one catch. The church I am speaking of is in a different district. I want to hasten to say that we have nothing but love for the Illinois District. We have been a part of this great District for 19 years and a piece of our hearts will be left behind. We would also like to give a warm thank you to the Leadership and Staff of the Illinois District. It has been a great experience for us to work along side such men of God as Larry Griswold and Gary Blanchard. In addition, the ability to work with the other department leaders at the District has been a great learning opportunity.

      We believe that God has great things in store for Illinois. It has been an honor to minister here. If you are ever in Indiana look us up. May God richly bless each and every one of you. We love you and will miss you all!


Brian & Melody Whidden

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