Dear Friends and Fellow Ministers,

I have been waiting to share some news with you all for a long period but there was no news to share until now. As most of you know, during the 2009 Tennessee State Convention Tim Farmer was appointed to take on the responsibility of state youth ministries. I am excited for Tennessee because this will allow Bro. Tim to be full time in state ministry (Youth and Evangelism), which I believe is a great opportunity from our part time status. As for our family, we knew we were in a transition but never knew where, what, or when it would occur.

We have prayed about several opportunities that we were presented with from the north to the south. We were believing God for a place to call home and a church that wanted to impact it’s community. This last week God opened a door and He gave us peace to accept. I am excited to share that Sunday, August 23 will be my first Sunday as senior pastor of Leesburg Church of God of Prophecy (Alabama). Bishop Jones (AL overseer) has been very helpful in our discussions to find peace about this move and I am thankful for him. The people at Leesburg are eager to touch their community and we are thrilled to be a part of this journey.

Over the last 8 years of ministry in Tennessee God has blessed us with so many life long friends. It has been a great honor to serve the state in youth ministry over the last 4 years. While we always wish we could have done more, we know we gave the state and God our all. We know that the work is not complete to equip, train, and develop this wonderful generation. We have committed to assist in any way possible to further the work set before the state and each church.

I want to thank each one that has assisted in the state youth work from the bottom of my heart. I cannot express enough thanks or gratitude nor could I name everyone. I want to publicly thank Bishop McKinley, as well as Sister McKinley, for entrusting me with the responsibility as well as being encouragers and supporters of myself and youth ministry- Thank You. I also want to thank Sister Kim Batson, the Middle/West TN Children’s Director, who became a good friend and co-labour in state ministry- Thank You. Of coarse Sister Londa Richardson was always a friend, supporter, and had a wonderful word of encouragement- Thank You. Thanks to all the pastors for believing in youth ministry and allowing yourself to be open to new and different things to reach the youth generation. Thank you to the wonderful youth leaders/pastors who supported events and worked together so we could all be successful in our hearts cry. We love you Tennessee and we wish you much success. We hope to cross paths often with you and keep our friendships open for years to come.

I will continue my blog- JoshuaLynn.blogspot.com with information about our ministry and what is going on at Leesburg. My personal email will remain – joshualynn@mac.com. While in the coming days I will get a new cell phone for the area, I will also keep my current number for a period of time- 865-567-2753. Of coarse I am still active on Facebook. Please stay in contact with us. If I can ever be of any assistance or if you just want to talk, do not hesitate to contact me.

God Bless You!

Joshua Lynn