June 16, 2021
Greetings Preston Road Church Family,
Thank you for your abiding, generous and loyal support throughout the Pandemic. We are most grateful to God for you and look forward to reconnecting in the coming weeks as more members return to in-person gatherings for Sunday worship and Bible classes. In addition, we thank our ministry team and staff for their outstanding efforts and dedication over the past year. As we enter the summer months and, God willing, a post Pandemic season, we want to advise you of another transition that will be coming next year.
Wade Hodges, our Preaching Minister, will be completing 10 years of service with our church next year and it is his desire to turn the page to a new chapter in his career while providing for a smooth transition at Preston Road. As set forth in his letter below, this new chapter is something that Wade has been prayerfully considering for some time. Our plan is for him to continue in his current role through the Spring of 2022.
We are grateful for Wade. Our church has benefitted greatly from his thoughtful, exemplary, and rare communication skills. We appreciate all that Wade, Heather, Caleb, and Elijah have offered to our congregation for a decade and look forward to enjoying another year of Wade’s outstanding talents in our pulpit. A national search for his successor will commence in the coming months and details regarding your requested engagement in that process will be forthcoming.
We seek God’s direction and your prayers as we enter this extended period of transition.
God Bless you,
The Preston Road Elders
Dear Preston Road Church Family,
When Heather, Caleb, Elijah, and I moved to Dallas nine years ago, I told the elders one of my primary goals was to be the Preaching Minister at Preston Road at least until both of the boys graduated from High School.
A couple of years ago, knowing the graduation of our youngest was imminent, I began discerning with the elders my future at Preston Road. After many conversations with the elders, and now that Elijah has graduated, it seems best for me to begin exploring new opportunities for the future, with an eye toward transitioning out of the Preaching Minister role sometime in 2022.
Announcing my intentions a year in advance not only allows me to pursue new opportunities with full transparency, it also gives the elders the opportunity to get a head start on the search for a new Preaching Minister. Working together, we believe this transition plan will lead to positive outcomes for Preston Road, for me, and for my family.
One of the highlights of my time at Preston Road has been working alongside the office and ministry staff. Professionally, they are an exceptional team in whom I have the highest of confidence. Spiritually, they embody and exemplify the heart of Christ and inspire my faith. Personally, they are and will remain my friends.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Preaching Minister, and I’m looking forward to a great final lap with you. Thanks for bringing out the best in me as a preacher and for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.
Preston Road Church of Christ