Pastor Kim Receives New Appointment, Beginning July 1

Dear Asbury Community,

On February 11, we announced that the Bishop has appointed me to serve at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, beginning July 1 of this year. Both Steve and I are so grateful for our nine years here at Asbury. We never knew it was possible to admire, respect and love a community as much as we admire, respect, and love all of you. It is hard to say good bye!

As we wait to hear who the next lead pastor will be at Asbury, I invite you to pray for the Bishop and the Cabinet, and our community. Our Staff Parish Relations Committee (Burlyne Wilson is chair), invites us to pray with the questions, “What is God calling Asbury to be at this time?” and “How can we grow as a faith community?”

When the Bishop has appointed a new lead pastor, it will be announced in worship. And we will look for ways to celebrate our ministry together, as well as welcome your new pastor.

Below is the letter from our District Superintendent, Rev. Shinya Goto, announcing the appointment:


February 8, 2018

Burlyne Wilson, SPRC Chairperson
Livermore, Asbury UMC
4743 East Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Asbury United Methodist Church,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I appreciated your warm welcome and beautiful singing by the choirs on my visit to the church in November. I am writing to let you know that after prayerful discernment with the Cabinet, it is Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño’s intent to appoint your Pastor, the Reverend Kim Risedorph, to serve as the Senior Pastor of San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, California, effective July 1, 2018. This decision came after prayerful consideration around the cabinet table of the needs of all the churches in the Annual Conference including the needs of your congregation.

It can be a difficult time for a local church and for a pastor when there is a change of appointment. This is especially true when the appointment change comes sooner than expected. The Apostle Paul offered a final message to the Church in Corinth when it was in a similar heart-rending transition. He said this to the grieving members:

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Every parting pastor wishes their congregation to be so bold and compassionate.

Pastor Kim has served your congregation well. Over her years of service, she has cared deeply for the members through her pastoral responsibilities and preaching. She led the community through the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Church. She has led you in living your faith in tangible ways in your community and guided you in an important outreach effort. Pastor Kim will be sorely missed in this community. In turn, Kim has been spiritually impacted by your faith and love and she will strive to bestow that compassion upon the members of her new congregation. In coming weeks, please keep Pastor Kim and Steve in your prayers during this time of transition. You are also encouraged to celebrate the ministry that you have shared together and look forward with great expectation of what God will do in the next season through our collaborative and prayerful efforts. The Holy Spirit shall guide us along the way.

As your District Superintendent, I will be in consultation next week with your Staff Parish Relations Committee to better understand the needs for your ministry and community and I will share what I learn with the Cabinet. Such consultation and prayerful discernment will be essential as Bishop Carcaño discerns who she will appoint as your next Pastor.

Walking with you as we follow Jesus,

Rev. Shinya Goto
District Superintendent,
El Camino Real District

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