Tony HopkinsIn the first few verses of 1 Thessalonians, Paul offers two descriptors of the church: people everywhere know of their faith and church members there serve as an example of what it means to be believers in Jesus. I could say something very similar about First Baptist Greenville! You are known throughout CBF (especially in CBF of SC) for the genuineness of your faith, the quality of your worship, and your deep conviction that the love of God is for all people. I feel deeply honored to be called to work in such a church. I will also say that the reputation of your staff is equal to that of your church, and I am looking forward to working and serving alongside them.
I want to say a special thank you to the Transition Committee. They represented you with grace, clarity and purpose. I am grateful to Jim Dant and Jenna Manning, who have been both kind and helpful in helping me prepare for my work there. Several members have already sent notes of welcome and assurances of prayer. Know that Carol and I have been praying for you, as well. I am eager to meet the church family, and I am very excited to see what God’s Spirit will do as we serve and grow together.

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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