My wife Millie and I are a very, very blessed couple!!!
Blessed that we are saved!
Blessed that we are in full-time Christian service!
Blessed that we serve here at First Baptist Woodstock!
In 1994 when Jesus led Pastor Johnny to invite us to join him here at First Baptist Woodstock as the Sr. Minister of Music & Worship our lives changed forever. For close to three decades we have had the privilege of serving Jesus here with him and you. During this time, our Christian walk has been strengthened, our children have grown up, married, given us grandchildren and are living for Jesus, we have traveled the world on mission trips and our ministry has been greatly blessed and is thriving in every way.
Serving here with Pastor Johnny, the First Baptist Woodstock staff, the music and worship staff, you (church family), and our great choir and orchestra has been the greatest joy of our lives in every way. You have loved us, supported us, believed in us and allowed us to use our gifts and talents to further the Kingdom of God. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever grateful!
In the Fall of last year, 2018, Pastor Johnny shared that he was “transitioning” from serving as Sr Pastor here and the church overwhelmingly supported and blessed his decision.
At that time God sent us our new Sr. Pastor, Jeremy Morton. What a blessing he is and has been to me and our church for these last 7-8 months. God is up to something great here and for that we are grateful. Pastor Johnny and Pastor Jeremy are “modeling” how to transition from Sr. Pastor to Sr. Pastor.
Today, we want to share with you that after much prayer, the leadership of the Holy Spirit and full support of Pastor Johnny and Pastor Jeremy we are resigning as the Sr. Minister of Music & Worship here at First Baptist Woodstock and beginning a “transition” to bring the new Sr. Minister of Music & Worship here to First Baptist Woodstock. We are excited that we will be able to help and be a part of this transition. It is something we prayed God would allow us to do and even recommended it to our pastor’s. We plan to stay and support him and his family in every way until God leads us to our next opportunity of service.
God has been leading in this process for over 5 months and we are excited to announce that He has led us to our new Sr. Minister of Music & Worship. This man is very qualified to fill this position. He has been formally trained & educated with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music and has many years of experience in music ministry in the local church. He and his family are the very one’s Millie and I recommended to Pastor Johnny and Pastor Jeremy as we felt that God was transitioning us away.
It is with great joy that we announce to you today that Cliff & April Duren along with their beautiful children Mac, Sydney, Emma Kate & Elijah will be the new Sr. Minister Music & Worship & family here at First Baptist Woodstock. They will be moving here over the next few weeks with their first official Sunday being June 2, 2019.
In 2005 I hired Cliff as an Associate Minister of Music/Arranger here at First Baptist Woodstock. He served here faithfully for just over 6 years. During that time, our church family fell in-love with the Duren’s and their ministry. What a blessing they were to us all. Then, God led them to the Nashville area for the past 7 1/2 year’s, serving a church there and now it’s time for them to “COME HOME”.
What a blessing for Millie and I! What a blessing for our Church.
If the Duren’s are new to you, I can promise you, that you will love them all.
God has blessed First Baptist Woodstock by sending this wonderful family to us!
I am excited for Pastor Jeremy and Cliff to begin their journey together and I am praying God will bless them with many years of service together like Pastor Johnny & I have had.
Millie and I are committed to supporting the Duren’s 100% and we look forward to modeling how to transition from “Minister of Music” to “Minister of Music”.
Again, thank you Pastor Johnny and First Baptist Woodstock for calling us, supporting us and believing in us.
We are forever grateful.
We love you all!
Sr. Minister of Music & Worship
Soli Deo Gloria! (To God Alone Be the Glory!)
About First Baptist Church Woodstock:
First Baptist Woodstock is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) located in Nashville, TN. We want to be a church that reflects others that are constantly concerned about our community in reaching out and touching others. Jesus said “Love the Lord, thy God, with all your heart, mind, soul and body” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Then, Jesus said “If we can get these two right, we could get everything right.” Once you do that, you can take the spiritual giftedness that God gave you and embrace God’s kingdom for service.
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