Dear Covenant Church Family Members,

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Session passed a motion to accept Gabriel Jaramillo’s resignation as Director of Youth Ministry with much regret effective August 15, 2018. Our love and prayers go with him, Kristy, and the boys.

I can’t tell  you how much we appreciate Gabriel, Kristy and the boys, or much I personally will miss Gabriel as a colleague in ministry. At the same time, I very much honor his calling away from church ministry and his calling into the teaching ministry.

Gabriel has really worked hard to do this transition right.  He has put into place leadership, curriculum, middle school and high school programs that will see us through the first semester without too much stress.  Also, he has worked to make sure Grilled Cheese is right on schedule; as well as the ski trip and winter retreats.

Gabriel had a special meeting with the youth at 9:30 a.m. to tell them.

We will move forward with deliberate quickness. We will assess our staffing needs as a church before we move directly into replacing him.  I don’t know what that means at the moment, but the next timely step is to figure it out a way to assess what we need. Then do it.

At the Children and Student Ministry Commission meeting on August 6, I am asking them to spend most of their time brainstorming and talking through different visions for our ministry to young people.  No matter what direction we take, Director of Children’s Ministry Sarah Boatright will be our strong anchor.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Steve Nofel