With heavy but grateful hearts, we announce that Dane Jackson will be leaving his position as Minister of Students, his last Sunday being August 13th. Dane shared his resignation on Sunday, July 2. He is leaving to accept a call to become the Minister of Students at Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Reception to honor Dane’s time here will be held Sunday August 13 at 12:00 noon.
I wanted to share with you the letter I wrote to our students last week announcing my resignation and transition from Second Baptist:
“It is with many mixed emotions that I write to you today. On August 13th, I will be leaving my position as the Minister of Students at Second Baptist in order to accept an invitation to join the staff of Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While I am confident that God is calling me to this new ministry opportunity, it is still difficult to realize that our season of ministry together is soon coming to an end. For five years I have loved this church and have felt your love. This has been a community and a ministry that we have shared together, and you have been so encouraging to me. I have learned so much in ways that I will always remember.
We have celebrated so much together. We have also grieved together. We’ve traveled, we’ve served, we’ve laughed and we’ve cried, and through it all I have been humbled and honored to share those moments with you, not only as a minister but as a friend.
There will be lots of opportunities ahead to talk, ask questions, travel and serve together, and say goodbyes, but I am writing today to thank you, personally. You have been a constant source of joy and blessing to my life, and I love you and I am proud of you. I can’t wait to see the things God is going to do in your life in the future, and how you will continue to bless the student ministry.
Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for allowing me to journey with you, to lead you, to spend time with you. I did not take any of those things lightly and I hope you know that. You have been a source of joy and strength for me. I have grown alongside you as we have become friends.
Just as you have trusted me, I have to trust God and be faithful to God’s call. I am excited to see what God will do in the future of Second Baptist Church and who God will call next to be your minister. And while that process does not sound easy, I know that God has great things planned for you and every other student.
Thank you again for your loving support and please know that even though ministry roles and titles change, our relationships remain. Thank you for your friendship. Know that I am praying for you and look forward to the ways we will share life together moving forward.”
Telling the students first was a priority of mine. I realize that finding out second-hand is jarring, but I believe that to be personal and consistent, that this is who I wanted to know first, and how I wanted them to know. I know that you might have questions or concerns about any number of things. My door is always open for you to come and talk.
Please to not hesitate to come to me for anything over the next weeks as we share the summer.