Staffing announcement from Christ the King

Dear Friends at Christ the King,

Grace and peace to you all!

I’m writing to share with you the news that Bruce Phelps has announced his retirement from his position as Minister of Music at Christ the King, effective January 31, 2015.

Building on the solid foundation in music ministry established since Christ the King’s founding, Bruce has guided the music program to a new level of excellence during the seven years he has served among us. We are grateful for his leadership in worship, for his skilled directing of the Sanctuary Choir and other musical ensembles, for his confident behind-the-scenes work in researching, arranging, and planning music for worship and special events, and for recruiting people to share their musical gifts. I am personally grateful to Bruce for his deep faith, his willing collaboration, and his spirit of teamwork and camaraderie in working with me and the rest of the Christ the King staff.

In his letter announcing his retirement, Bruce writes, “I wish to thank the staff, the council, and the entire congregation for their loving support of both me and the music program. I always have and will continue to believe that a strong and healthy music program will not only serve the members well, but will also be a draw for others. I pray that you will continue to support music here at Christ the King.

The church council, personnel committee, and I will begin working very soon on the process to bring in new leadership for Worship and Music ministry at Christ the King. While it is still too early to have any particulars to share about such a search process, rest assured that this is a high priority for both elected and staff leadership. Bruce has graciously given us ample notice, allowing us to the time to carry out this work in the best possible way. We will continue to update you as this process unfolds.

We thank God for sending Bruce to Christ the King, and we pray that God will guide him in whatever this next chapter of his life and ministry may hold.

Together in God’s mission,

Pastor Peter Hanson