In a Business Meeting on October 23, 2008, Hillcrest Baptist Church voted, by simple majority, to accept my resignation, ending my tenure at seven years as their pastor, with a final date of service on January 14, 2009. I part from Hillcrest lovingly, without any animosity, acrimony, or accusation toward the members.
I wish to expresses my sincere gratitude to the Lord, and to the leadership and the membership of Hillcrest, for my time of service at Hillcrest Baptist Church. I will be leaving a people I love greatly—a people who have helped me grow in the Lord and kindly given me opportunities to serve in grace.
Contact: Deacon Sam Hodges, Chairman of Deacons, Hillcrest Baptist Church, 301-423-6288.
Dear Pastor Redmond,
I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you. Thank God for your willingness to stand in the mist of the trial and stay true to God’s Word and counsel as a pastor. In the year 2000 I experienced a similar decision by the church body on a vote to terminate my pastorate. I walked away from that decision devastated by what seemed to be a carnal decision that was made by a body of men who were not following the Biblical paradigm of church leadership. I do not pretend to know or understand all of the details of your situation, but the one thing that I do understand is the affect it had on me personally in the beginning. There were those saints in the body that were hurt by the decision of the body and it instantly brought about division and distrust in the leadership. The division that occurred in the body was the toughest thing to handle for me. It was as if the sheep had been scattered and they were without a shepherd. The jewel of this incident was that after time and healing, I have taken away a treasure of wisdom from the experience and I believe it has made me a better pastor. Be encouraged as Paul encouraged Timothy: Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience. I enjoyed your book: “Where Are All The Brothers?” Next time your in Raleigh, NC look a brother up!
I am praying for you. I have listened to some of your sermons which have been great encouragements to me. The Lord has used your ministry to bless His people. May He continue to guide your path.
Praying For You
My Dear Brother,
My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family. The fellowship at Good News and I will be praying for you as you seek God’s will and direction. If there is anything that I can do to assist you, please contact me.
In His grace and for His glory,
I listened to a powerful interview you did with 9 Marks, I loved and even admired what I heard from the interview, which I thought was an excellent narrative of life and ministry in an abbreivated form. I hope that you at least remain within the SBC. I’m curious to know what’s next for you. As most people that frequent your blog.
Much love and respect.
Much love bro.