My Resignation Letter

March 30, 2011
Nick Sholars, Senior Pastor
Don Muhlbach, Chair, Staff Parrish Relations Committee

Nick and Don:

It is with great regret that I write this letter to inform you of my resignation as Director of Student Ministries at First United Methodist Church, Lufkin, effective May 22, 2011. This role has changed my life over the past four years. My work with our young people could hardly be called work at all-they have gifted my life with purpose, challenge, humor, and feelings that no words can capture. We are fortunate to have such a terrific group of young people. The future of FUMC is assured-it will rest in capable hands.

I have prayed about this decision, and I truly believe it is the right thing to do. I will be assuming the role of Student Director at Northern Hills UMC in San Antonio.

I want to thank you for this opportunity to work with the young people at FUMC. They are our greatest assets, and I encourage everyone to continue to listen to them, talk to them, work with them, cheer for them, and-most of all-pray for them.

If I can be of assistance in hiring a replacement, please don't hesitate to ask. I am extremely interested in seeing that my successor is nothing short of magnificent. Our kids deserve nothing less. Thank you for your understanding and for the privilege of serving the young people of FUMC.

David Runnels