Dear Orchard Church Family,
We have seen God’s powerful work in this church and our community over the last eleven years. It has been an honor to serve The Orchard Church as her pastor. Recently we have sensed God leading our family to another church. This week, I accepted the lead pastor position at a church in New York.
For this reason, I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign my position as senior pastor of The Orchard Church effective Friday, March 17, 2023.
This decision has been excruciating for me. I am excited to follow the Lord’s leading to my next ministry assignment, but at the same time, I have no desire to leave my family at The Orchard Church. Together under the power of the Spirit, we have seen lives transformed, and so many people brought into a deeper relationship with Jesus. You have been family members to our children and have loved us well.
I know many of you will be disappointed by this news. And for some of you, this will be a time of grief. I am grieving too. But I am convinced that God was working at The Orchard before I came, and he will continue to do so long after I am gone. This is his church, and you are his people.
In faith I can say, the best days of The Orchard Church are ahead of you.
This will be a difficult time for us all. Please know that I am willing to provide any assistance necessary to provide for a smooth transition. I wish I could have had this conversation with each of you face to face, but I send this letter with the desire to meet with you on your terms.
Because of Jesus,
Pastor Nathan J. Norman