Our Pastor Has Resigned
The Leadership Council regrets to inform you that Pastor Gabe has resigned as pastor. As you know, a few months ago we offered Pastor Gabe a sabbatical due to personal struggles. Pastor Gabe sought help with Rollie Miller, our district superintendent, and reports to be doing much better. This is a huge answer to prayer.
However, as noted in his letter to the congregation a few months ago, Pastor Gabe also acknowledged the strain these issues have caused in his marriage and family; the strain on his marriage and family has been significant. Our prayer all along has been that Pastor Gabe and his family would find healing and restoration. That continues to be our prayer. However, it was determined that it would not be healthy for him, his family or our church for Pastor Gabe to continue pastoring at this time. Again, our prayer is that God fully heals Pastor Gabe and his family.
I’m sure you will have a lot of questions. This is normal. That said, it would be easy to focus on trying to know all the details. Instead, I would encourage you to continue to pray for Pastor Gabe, Aiko and their family. We recognize that trying to know “what happened” is less important than praying for ongoing recovery and restoration.
One final thought. While Gabe will no longer be our pastor, he, Aiko and their kids – the bigs and the littles – are still a part of our family. I know that God brings pastors to congregations to lead and shepherd them and we have been blessed to have had Pastor Gabe as our pastor. We have been blessed to worship alongside Aiko, Addy, Kai, Stephanie, Emmy and Titus. But I wonder if God also brings pastors and their families to specific churches so that the congregation can help them. I believe ministry is a two-way street and that we here at Highland were especially equipped to provide love and grace to a pastor and his family during a time of significant distress. My prayer is that we can continue to offer prayer and support to the Martins as brothers and sisters in the family of God.