Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California


A Message from Pastor John Watkin

1586Over the last year, I have felt an increasing sense of release from Highland and from full-time pastoral ministry. I began pastoring in September of 1969 and now after 45 years and 8 churches I am ready for whatever is next.

My last Sunday as your pastor will be on January 11. That’s a good day because it marks 25 years at Highland, Terry and I will have been married for 30 years and all five of our children and 8 grandchildren can be here.

I’ve often read the story of how Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Only his bones made it. I’m glad to say that Terry and I will be able to walk into the Promised Land of retirement. We hope to buy a home in Longmont, Colorado so we can be near a part of our family and live in a beautiful place.

I don’t totally have a vision for retirement. I enter it with my wife, several file cabinets of old sermons, a camera and a fishing pole. I have always taught you that we are all ministers. So in retirement, I’ll be looking for God’s purpose and a new way to continue my own ministry.

Just know that you are a loved people and we have deeply appreciated these years of ministry at Highland and the investment you have made in us.

Note: Rev. Rollie Miller, Superintendent of the Anaheim District Church of the Nazarene has already with our Leadership Council and will continue to do so over the coming months to assist Highland in finding a new pastor. Please make this a matter of prayer. Address your questions to the Council Secretary, Mike Sapp.

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