Dear Richland Church Family;
It is with very mixed emotions that I offer my pastoral resignation, effective Sunday, August 13th, 2017. When I and my family came in December of 1984, we came with a clear call from the Spirit of Christ. We came in faith; just as you called me by faith. I have never once doubted my call into the ministry or my call to Richland Baptist Church. I was 33 years old, then, and now I am 66. What a fantastic adventure in faith it has been!
I wish to thank everyone of you for the incredible care and encouragement you have given me and my family over the decades. We have, together as a community of believers, gone through the good and the difficult, but the Lord has always been gracious and kind. His tender mercies are indeed new every morning.
Please, continue to pray for me and Miss Shirley as we start our new beginning; knowing also that the days ahead will be of growing adversity. Nevertheless, we have a Living Hope in Jesus and the Resurrection of life, that is promised to all His beloved children. You will always be in my heart and my memories. Furthermore, you can be assured that I will be praying daily for all of you as you begin a new chapter in the life of this precious church family. Finally, be ever vigilant and ever true to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His powerful Word.
God bless you and may He continue to use you for His Glory!
Respectfully yours in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Gary Ray England
Wednesday, August 23rd, Miss Shirley passed away.