Greetings Schweitzer Friends,
I’m excited to announce that Bishop Farr has appointed Reverend Spencer Smith as the next lead pastor of Schweitzer. For the past seven years Pastor Spencer has led First UMC in Kearney, MO. Prior to that he served at Asbury UMC in Tulsa as an associate pastor.
You may recall that in 2004-2005 Pastor Spencer was our youth director and his wife, Abby, led the media ministry here at Schweitzer. They are the proud parents of nine-year-old Grace, seven-year-old Eve, and four-year-old Lilly. In their free time they like to go to the lake.
Pastor Spencer’s passion is to teach and preach the Word of God. He believes in building community to help people in their spiritual walk and has encouraged and grown small groups at First UMC. Most of all he is overjoyed to be returning to Schweitzer.
We now know that the baton will be passed from Pastor Bob to Pastor Spencer. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities to celebrate and thank Pastor Bob. We will also continue to introduce Pastor Spencer whose first Sunday will be July 7. More information will be forthcoming as events and welcoming opportunities are planned.
Thank you for praying for Bishop Farr, the cabinet, and the appointment process in the weeks since Pastor Bob announced his retirement. Please continue to keep Pastor Bob, Pastor Spencer, their families, and Schweitzer in your prayers.
Yours in Christ,
Governing Board chairperson