In talking to a good friend today, I was made aware of some misinformation floating about in regards to my reasons for quitting my job at Greenwood Park. I don’t want to go into detail, because I have really tried hard to keep my opinions close, and I certainly don’t want to do or say anything that will make the situation at Greenwood Park more difficult for anyone. However, I feel like this needs to be addressed, not so much for my benefit but for others. So I will just say that my reasons for leaving had nothing to do with Bill Brumit. Bill has always been supportive of me and helpful to me. He never sought to interfere with my ministry, and I never did or didn’t do something in my ministry because of him. Anyone who suggests that my decision was influenced by him is at best ignorant and at worst a liar.

I don’t know why my decision can’t just be taken at face value. I didn’t want to be in youth ministry anymore. My wife got a promotion, and I decided to stay home with the kids. Certainly there were stressful people and situations I had to deal with (none of whom were named Bill Brumit), and those may have influenced my decision to leave ministry, but if I still had the burning desire to do youth ministry I would have just dealt with it or gone to do youth ministry elsewhere.

While we are on the subject of truthfulness, I imagine that people here will figure out sooner or later that we have made the decision to leave Greenwood Park. While I love the teenagers and their families and our friends and those with whom we have worked for so long, we really need to be somewhere else. I have said for years that people should attend a congregation where they are totally committed, joyful servants and willing to submit to their elders. If one isn’t able to do that, it is unfair to them, to the congregation and to the elders to stay just to be miserable. So now I am trying to be consistent and practice what I preach. Again, this decision was all but made before Bill was “let go,” so don’t think that this is a knee-jerk response.

You’re just going to have to trust me when I say that I don’t want my comments or decisions to influence anyone. I write this now only because at least one person who should know better is putting words in my mouth, and I want people to know the truth. It angers me that one person is receiving more than his fair share of blame for the problems that exist when I know better. I truly hope that God blesses Greenwood Park efforts as they seek His will, and we plan to maintain our relationships with our brothers and sisters there. If you hear something different from what I have said or written, feel free to ask me. I promise to tell you the truth.