We are excited to share with you some news about a leadership shift for our Woodstock campus, as was announced yesterday in our Sunday services in Bloomingdale.
As most of you are aware, we have welcomed Joseph Olubobokun on staff in Bloomingdale a year ago in the role of Operations Manager. With this role, it is beneficial for him to be at the Bloomingdale Campus so that he could be more fully immersed in the culture and life of our Sunday services here. It became increasingly apparent that there needed to be one Campus Pastor for that location, so we prayed to seek God on whom that might be.
Both Beth and I heard the answer separately, and as we compared what we believed we heard God say, along with other indications that confirmed this, we felt a release to have the necessary conversation - one we were finally able to have 3 weeks ago.
As a result, we are pleased to announce that Steve and Jane Warner have agreed and believe it’s God’s timing for Steve to take on the role of Campus Pastor at the Woodstock location. God has been knitting Steve and Jane’s hearts to the people of the Woodstock family over the past year, and they are very excited about this opportunity to help bring the “DNA” of Koinonia to this young congregation, and see it flourish into all that God has called it to be.
At this point, the plan is for Steve to be at that site 3 out of 4 Sundays per month, and to spend one day a week in the office there, to help give direction to the church staff and leaders. To help facilitate this, Steve’s responsibilities with teaching music classes at KCA are coming to a close, although he will continue to keep a close connection with music in the Academy, both through the replacement teacher that we have been blessed to find, as well as in leading a Junior Concert Band in the new year.
In connection with this change, we are also pleased that Jason and Charmaine Brown will be overseeing the Worship Team in Bloomingdale, under Steve’s oversight as Worship Pastor (which he will remain, for both campuses). This will help to continue to build the Worship Team, as well as bring some on-site leadership for the team now that Steve will not be in Bloomingdale most Sundays of every month.
We are excited about this change, and although we know that there will be a period of adjustment for many people, we see God’s hand in all of this.
Let’s agree together in prayer for a smooth and effective transition for all those involved in and affected by this next chapter in what God has for the Koinonia family, here and in Woodstock.
Pastor Steve and Beth