Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor of First Redeemer Church, Cumming, Georgia announces his plans to gradually step away as Senior Pastor. In a prepared letter read to the congregation this past Sunday and now posted on the website, Lee stated:
"During recent years I have prayerfully and diligently worked with others in preparing the church for the day that I will step aside.
"Whether that happens in months or years, God’s church is too important to not have prepared a well-developed plan for having in place the one who will take the position of Senior Pastor at that time."
Part of the formal plan for Lee's gradual exit includes a unanimous recommendation by the church's Board of Elders and Personnel Committee that the present Senior Associate Pastor, Jeff Jackson, be called as Co-Pastor to serve at Lee's side as long as he remains, and at the time Lee leaves the position, to "assume the role of the Senior Pastor of First Redeemer."
Dr. Lee describes Jackson as knowing "the heart and the people of First Redeemer," his family having "proven themselves to not only profess the Faith but to live it out among us." Furthermore, since Jackson is only 43 years of age, Lee indicates, he is in a position to "attract families that are looking for a church with the promise of younger leadership" while at the same time possessing "the maturity to minister to our middle and senior adults."
First Redeemer Church will do well under the spiritual watch-care of Jeff Jackson. I've personally met him and his family. He loves the Lord and His church, and he loves serving His Lord in His church. Congratulations, my brother!
May God grant Redeemer Church a hopeful, heaven-sent harvest of souls for the future generation. May also our Lord continue to use Richard Lee during his maturing years of Kingdom service.