June 9, 2019
To our HTC Family:
It’s with mixed emotions that we write to let you know that Jamie has accepted a new call to ministry back home in the UK, and we will be leaving HTC in mid-July. As many of you may know when we answered the call to join HTC in 2012, we committed to staying for two to three years. Now seven years and many wonderful memories later, the time has finally come for us to return to London. Over our seven years here we have seen the Lord move powerfully at HTC, and we leave you in very strong hands. With an unparalleled staff and a committed Vestry, we are confident that HTC will continue to thrive and serve the Lord’s purposes in the greater Washington DC area.
Jamie has been asked by the Bishop of Edmonton, which is part of greater London, to help re-vitalize a church in the heart of central London. This is an exciting challenge to bring the message of Christ to this bustling part of London which has a great mix of university students, businesses, shops and flats. Andy’s next role is still undecided, so please pray with us as she contemplates her next steps. We ask for your prayers for HTC, for this new community in London and for our family as we transition.
We are working alongside the Vestry to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible, and we are thrilled that our dear friend Derek Rust has agreed to come back to serve our church in an interim capacity. The Vestry will be communicating all the next steps and details of the transition, but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible.
We love you HTC,
Andy & Jamie Haith
Dear HTC Family:
It’s with mixed emotions that we have accepted the resignation of our beloved Co-Pastors Jamie and Andy Haith. As you now know, Jamie has accepted a new call to ministry back in London and will be leaving HTC in mid-July. We are reminded that when Jamie and Andy first answered the call to join HTC in 2012, they committed to staying with us for two to three years, and for the past seven years, HTC has been blessed to have had them and their family tirelessly serve our church community far beyond that initial commitment. We are excited for them and ask for your prayers as they transition back to London.
As a Vestry, we are humbled by the Lord’s blessing over HTC and are confident that He will guide us through this next chapter for HTC. Since 2012, HTC has grown 10-fold, and the church is now lead and served by an incredible team of wonderful people, making us so excited for what lies ahead.
Over the next 6 weeks we will organize a number of opportunities to celebrate the Haiths and their contribution to HTC. We want them to know the deep love and appreciation we have as a church community for everything they have done to serve and bless us, and we look forward to joining with all of you to send them off in style.
As we faithfully prepare for HTC’s next chapter, we will be doing four things:
- Derek Rust will return to serve as Interim Senior Pastor during the transition and has agreed to serve HTC for at least one year. We are excited to welcome the Rust family back to HTC, and we are grateful for their willingness to be with us during this transition period;
- We will form a search committee comprised of staff, Vestry, and members of the congregation. We will also engage an outside search firm. Best practices for a search of this nature indicate an estimated 12-month process. We will take our time up-front to get lots of input from the congregation and HTC team;
- We will be establishing a formal “HTC- The Next Chapter” prayer initiative in which we will host a prayer events as well as create a prayer list to intentionally lift up this critical time of transition and opportunity in the life of our beloved community. We hope all of you will be a part of this initiative. Stay tuned for details, more to come soon; and
- We commit to making sure that HTC is equipped to meet your spiritual needs as a congregation with love and care. We also commit to communicate and provide regular informational and status updates as we walk through this transition together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We are thankful to the Lord for the Haiths and their tireless service to our community. As we look to the future, we are eager to see who the Lord brings into our community to lead us in the years ahead. We ask that each one of you commit to pray for this time of transition for the Haiths, the Rusts and the wonderful HTC community.
May the peace of our Lord be with you,
Church Warden, HTC Vestry