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Jarod Grimes

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“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,  always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace”
Philippians 1:3-7
Paul starts most of his letters by thanking God for the people he has served alongside and loved so dearly. When I think of Woodmont Baptist Church, I am overcome with emotions, and my eyes are filled with tears as I think about how well you all have loved my family and me since our first day. You allowed a young man that did not know a thing about ministry to grow into the person the Lord has made me today. The whole time I was encouraged and cheered along, knowing that the people of Woodmont Baptist Church loved my family and me, prayed for us, and had our back through the good and bad. I cannot imagine our lives without Woodmont Baptist Church. Sheena and I moved here almost ten years ago and did not know anyone. When we moved, we were both new followers of Christ, and I remember praying and asking God just to send us one Christian friend to be able to share struggles with, cry with, laugh with, and grow in our Christian walk with. Little did I know that almost ten years later, we would have a church family that has been everything I prayed for. The friendships we have made are priceless, and these friends have turned into family. Words cannot express how much my family and I love the people of Woodmont Baptist Church. God has done a work in the people of Woodmont, and that is what makes you all so special.
I knew this day would come at some point, but I never imagined how hard it would be. As most, if not all, of you, know by now, I have accepted the call as Pastor of Golden Central Baptist Church in Golden, MS (Belmont area). As I shared Sunday, I never went looking for a church to pastor, but I have known for a while now that God has called me to pastor a church someday. When talks began with this church, I was very upfront and told them I was extremely happy where I was, but I did not want to close any door that God may have opened. Sheena and I have just wanted to be obedient during this process, and God has led us to accept this new opportunity to serve His church. I never had any intention of leaving but knew when I started in ministry that when God calls you, you trust Him and go where He leads. This has been the most difficult decision of our life to this point. A big part of us feels like we are being torn away from our family, but while we are sad, we also trust that God knows better than us and will use us to glorify Him as long as we are obedient. I have found that obedience can be extremely difficult, but we all know that our Father loves us so very much, and we can trust Him with our life. I pray God would change our desires to be what He desires and that I would never doubt what He is doing but submit and fully surrender to Him daily!
I pray that in our time here, we have served you well, lived out the gospel before you, loved you, and shown you how much we appreciate you. While we may be leaving Woodmont Baptist Church, you will forever be a part of us because of the gospel impact you have made on each of our lives. As I close this letter in tears, I don’t expect the tears to stop anytime soon, but I do want to encourage you all that no matter how difficult, no matter how crazy it may look, no matter how much it may hurt in the present, be obedient to God always. He is the one that puts breath in our lungs, and we are alive to serve Him. He loves us and will walk with us through whatever He calls us to. I ask that you continue to pray for our family as we transition. We still plan to be around Florence this fall and then move to Belmont once our kids get out of school for Christmas break. We love you all and would do anything for this church, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you again for taking us in like family, and we pray God continues to bless Woodmont. We love you!

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