A Note From Dr. Paul J. Kirbas
As we approach the end of 2018, we come to a point of transition for our North Campus and for our church. For several years, Laurel Hall has been our seminary intern as she has been a student of Fuller Seminary and as an inquirer and candidate for ordination in Indian Nations Presbytery. She has now come to the end of those processes and is ready to receive a call as an ordained pastor in the PCUSA.
And Laurel has received such a call! Beginning in January, Laurel will become the new Associate Pastor at the Santa Fe Presbyterian Church in Edmond. A letter from Laurel is below.
Although we are sad to lose Laurel on our team, we are excited about this moment in Laurel’s journey. As a church, we have walked with her through seminary and through her internship at the North Campus and watched as Laurel has truly found her identity as a pastor.
On Sunday, December 23 we will celebrate with Laurel. We will have one service that Sunday, at 10:30 AM at the Central Campus. Laurel will offer the sermon that day, and we will have a reception for Laurel and her family after the service. I hope you will join us and share with Laurel your thankfulness for her service to Westminster and our sense of excitement for her accomplishments.
Congratulations to Laurel, and thanks to Westminster for walking with her through the journey!
In God’s Love,
Dr. Paul J. Kirbas
Pastor / Head of Staff
Dear Colleagues and fellow Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
I am writing to thank you for walking alongside me in my long journey through seminary, ordination exams, and all the while through my internship as a staff member dedicated to the ministry at Connecting Point. You have taught me so much and prepared me well to take the next steps into my ministry. It seems “The Intern” is all grown up and ready to leave the nest.
It is with incredibly mixed emotions that I have decided to take a full-time position on the ministry staff at Santa Fe Presbyterian Church in Edmond that starts January 1. I am thrilled to become a part of that congregation’s promising future, and at the same time, I am sad to give up on my dreams for my part in this congregation’s future. Please know that I am going with a full and grateful heart and with much love and appreciation for Westminster, for you have equipped me and trusted me with monumentally important work.
My love and appreciation for the people of Connecting Point can scarcely be expressed. I owe you everything for opening your hearts and lives to me and for helping me find my voice. My many months with the members of the Connecting Point congregation have been the best of my life. You treated me as a pastor and never anything less, and for that no sufficient words of thanks exist.
With Advent suspense and hopeful expectation,
Laurel Cockrill Hall