So, to all the folks who will be my new church family - welcome! I cannot even begin to express the excitement I feel about coming to serve the Lord with you. I have known of your ministry since I was in seminary from 1983-1986. It is with great gratitude to Christ and the bishop that I come to share in the incredible ministry you have built.
I know that we are really not supposed to have contact with one another until the official announcement on 20 May, but I also know that the word is out. So, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Also please know that I have the greatest love and respect for Robin, and will not overstep my bounds or usurp his authority - he is still your pastor, and I know and honor that.
Until we meet face to face, please know that you are in my prayers daily.