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Dear Roswell Street Baptist Church Family,

You are dear to me and my family; “You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone” (2 Corinthians 3: 2). It has been a joy to serve you as lead pastor for the past 6 1/2 years. My heart is filled with a sense of honor and deep gratitude for the opportunity to minister God’s Word to you, equip you as His saints for the works of ministry, and go together on mission transforming Marietta with the love of Jesus. You have opened your hearts to Liliana, Charity, Faith, Hope (Aaron) and me with loving support, encouragement, and prayer. Our family loves and appreciates you! 

In recent days through seasons of prayer, fasting and deep consideration, the Lord has made clear to me His calling to a new place of ministry to become the lead pastor of Sarasota Baptist Church in Florida. God’s calling ‘to’ this new ministry in Sarasota means His calling ‘from’ Marietta.

I want to express the joy & delight we have experienced here among you as our church family. Together we have celebrated times of great victory and walked through seasons of grief and loss. As your shepherd-leader, I have experienced blessing “watching over your souls.. with joy” as Hebrews 13:17 states; and I celebrate your spiritual transformation  – “looking in a mirror beholding the glory of the Lord ….being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3: 18).

My last Sunday as your lead pastor will be August 21st. I have been working with the Advisory Council and leadership to prepare for a smooth and edifying season of transition.

Please pray for Liliana and me as we follow the Lord’s calling, and we will pray for you. Transitions are never easy for the pastor nor the dear people he loves, but God has a plan which is for a bright future of making and multiplying disciples for the Father’s glory.

My heart’s prayer for you is expressed in the words of the apostle Paul to his beloved friends on his departure from them-

And now I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 )

With a Grateful Heart of Love,

Pastor Michael S. Lewis