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Sunday, April 28, 2013


Dear Friends,

I shared with the Foundry congregation gathered in worship this past Sunday that I plan to retire in July 2014. This is a decision I have come to during the past several months in conversation with Jane as a result of self-reflection and prayer.

I am announcing this now so that Bishop Marcus Matthews, the cabinet of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and Foundry’s leadership will have adequate time to consult about Foundry’s next senior pastor and we will be able to have a well-planned and coordinated transition. I shared with the Foundry congregation gathered in worship this past Sunday that   I plan to retire in July 2014. This is a decision I have come to during the past several months in conversation with Jane as a result of self-reflection and prayer.

I came to the decision to retire next year for personal as well as ministerial reasons. Serving as Foundry’s senior pastor has been a joy and a challenge. I am grateful beyond expression for the ministry and witness of this congregation and for the opportunity to be part of so many of your lives. It has certainly been a wonderful culmination to what will be 42 years of full-time ministry for me.

Jane and I will eventually need to say good-bye but this is not the time to start doing that yet. Fourteen months would be a long time to say goodbye. We have much mission and ministry still to do together during the next year.

As Foundry prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary beginning September 2014, I believe it will be exciting for Foundry to begin its third century with the new energy and vision that comes with a new senior pastor. Over the past months I came to a deep sense that this was the right time for a change for Foundry and for me.

I have every confidence that our Management Board will work thoughtfully and diligently with Bishop Matthews in the appointment process. The Management Board has demonstrated spiritual depth, wisdom and a deep commitment to Foundry’s future in its leadership over the past year. I am very impressed by the board’s ability to listen, to hold a steady course, and to make hard decisions at the same time.

Jane and I will have many more expressions of appreciation and thanks to make as July 2014 draws nearer.

For now, we ask your prayers for our bishop, the cabinet of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and our Management Board as they lead us in this transition. Jane’s and my greatest joy will be to see Foundry continue to be bold and courageous on behalf of God’s kingdom of inclusion and justice.


Sincerely,

 

Dean Snyder  

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