Grace and Peace to you,
I am writing to share the news of my resignation as Pastor of Ivyland Presbyterian Church effective October 8. My husband and I have bought a home in Wynnewood, PA that puts us closer to his work at University of Pennsylvania but farther away from this church to which I have felt called. I grieve the decision to leave at this time, when there seems to be so much good work yet to do. At the same time, I feel strongly that God is calling me to take a step away from this ministry and this church that I adore in order to tend more fully to my family. Alex and I have been struggling over the last year to strike a balance between our respective callings as a pastor and a professor, and our vocation as parents to our three young children. As certain as I am that this is the right move for my family and me, it breaks my heart to be leaving you.
It has been an honor and privilege to be your pastor over these past three and a half years. We have been with one another through some of life’s greatest joys and deepest struggles. Together we have laughed and prayed, worshiped and served. Together we have celebrated many births and grieved many deaths, including the birth of my two sons and the death of many good and faithful saints of this church and this community. I am grateful for your support and my life is forever changed for having traveled this road with you in this season. If it were possible, I would greatly desire to stay with you.
It has been a joy to see youth growing into faith filled adults, church visitors become church family, and passions for vocational ministry kindled. I delight in seeing you minister to one another through meals in times of grief, prayers and visits in times of illness, and home communion in seasons of isolation. It is my prayer that you will continue to be a place that delights in diversity, cultivates its artistic gifts, and wholeheartedly embraces mission (in both this community and world). I pray that you will continue to be confronted with joy so great and grace so deep that you cannot help but sing God’s praises as you seek to love God by loving all of God’s creation.
As surely as I believe that God is guiding me in this decision, I also believe that God will guide you in finding a new pastor to minister to and with you in the future. I look forward to seeing how God’s plan for Ivyland Church will unfold in the years to come.
I am excited to discover what God has in store for me as I live out my callings to both motherhood and ministry in new ways. In my time here I have struggled to be faithful to both of these roles together. My personal prayer is that this time away from ministry may enable me to establish a strong foundation of family life, in the hope that any future professional work will complement, rather than compete with this call. I pray that future pastors of this church will be able to do the same.
From now until October 8th I will continue to pastor this church, engaging fully in the good and important ministry we have yet to do together and the hard but grace-filled process of saying goodbye. I ask for your prayers and understanding as we all make this transition.
Rev. Sarah Weisiger
Ivyland Presbyterian Church