Dear Sisters and Brothers of First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you come together in community to do the great and loving work of God. It is with great joy that I write to inform you that after much prayer and consultation, it is Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño’s intent to appoint the Rev. Lori Sawdon to serve as your Pastor effective July 1, 2018. Pastor Sawdon is a gifted and experienced pastor who is currently serving as the Pastor of Lodi United Methodist Church where she has ushered in an era of growth and positive energy. Pastor Lori is a gifted leader and preacher with a rich experience in building Christian community and in growing a variety of ministries. She is uniquely gifted to lead First United Methodist Church into an era of vibrant growth. Pastor Lori and Pastor Blake, Pastor Lindsey and Pastor Sekove will work together with your lay leadership for a smooth and effective leadership transition. On behalf of our Bishop, I thank you for the great insights and prayers your Pastor and SPRC have offered throughout this process and I anticipate even greater things from your congregation as we journey onward.
DS Schuyler Rhodes