“It is Finished”

These are the last words of Jesus on the cross. Ironically, what he really meant was, “It is just beginning.” These words sum up my feelings as we enter this joyous Easter season.

If you have not yet heard, I completed my doctoral work with the successful defense of my dissertation on March 13, 2017. I want to express my thanks to you, Good Shepherd, for your support, prayers, and flexibility over these last three plus years. It was a great gift during this process to have a congregation that saw my educational pursuits as a gift to the congregation, and not a distraction from ministry.

Moving ahead, I look forward to continuing in my part-time capacity as Associate Pastor alongside Pastor Charlie. I relish the opportunity not only to bring what I’ve learned, but also explore new subjects in hopes of bringing the best of my thinking to our changing world.

Thank you,

Pastor Carl-Eric Gentes