The Journey of Life Continues

Hello all – I have decided to revive this platform for anyone who wants to keep up with my journey. Many of you have heard, and many have not, that I will no longer be a pastor at BranchCreek Community Church, effective July 26. While Sarah & I had already decided it was time for us to part ways with BranchCreek, it was providential that BranchCreek also needed some lay offs to make budget for the next year.

With that said, I am excited about the possibilities, as I put more energy into my writing projects, my work with the MyOhai marketing agency, as well as launching a new ministry in the New Year, OHIPeople. Stay tuned.

As we searched for where we can have the most impact for the Kingdom as we launch these new endeavors and where I could get a job between now and the launch, an opportunity to be an adjunct professor in the philosophy department of a Christian university in Phoenix, AZ opened up for the Fall. So, my family and I will be packing up in Philadelphia and moving to Phoenix on August 4.

Below, I have attached the letter I sent to the Encounter community, a group of people I have been tasked to serve the past several years at BranchCreek:

Dear Encounter family,

Ever since we transplanted here in PA from the Southwest six years ago, you have been our family in many tangible and profound ways. And so it is with a very heavy heart that I share with you my departure from BranchCreek, effective July 26. It can be said in all fairness that it was a mutual decision. In providence, at the exact time Sarah and I decided it was time for us to part ways with BranchCreek, the decision was made that I would be let go in order to help the financial state of the Church. I sent in my resignation letter the very day meetings were taking place about how to make the cuts necessary during these difficult financial times.

I have so many wonderful stories of how you have positively impacted my family and me in our time at BranchCreek these past six years. The formation that has taken place for us is irreplaceable; as are many of the relationships we have here. As far as our future, after a lot of prayer and wisdom-seeking, we have decided to move to Phoenix, AZ to be near Sarah’s family, where I will be, for at least the interim, an adjunct professor of Philosophy at Grand Canyon University.

You will always hold a special place in our heart as you have helped shape us into the family we are today. This announcement will be made at Encounter this Sunday night, where we can talk as a community and you can ask any questions or concerns you may have. Our last night at Encounter as a family will be July 31. As far as Encounter goes, the Exodus series will continue on, albeit without myself teaching. During this time, Craig, Chuck, Dave Detwiler, and the Encounter Directional Team will be having conversations about how to best move forward with Encounter.

I pray blessings on the work of God at BranchCreek Community Church, and in the Encounter Community, and know that you are all in his very capable hands. Thank you all for your love and support over the years.

Your pastor and friend,
Jared Byas

To all of our dearly loved friends and companions here in the Philadelphia area: we love you all and deciding to move has been more difficult than either of us could have imagined. We have truly come into our own with your love and support and you are all irreplaceable.

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2 responses to “The Journey of Life Continues

  1. Pingback: When I Stopped Being a Pastor for the Kingdom | Jared Byas

  2. Pingback: Reflections on Leaving my Job as a Pastor | Jared Byas

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