A letter to parents and volunteers from Pastor Jerry and Pastor David
Dear King’s World Parents and Volunteers,
Here at The Chapel, and specifically in Family Ministry, there is always something exciting taking place. We would like to
take a moment of your time to share with you something very special happening in King’s World in the next two weeks, as
well as some King’s World organizational changes.
First, The Chapel is continuing to make efforts to partner with you as a parent in the spiritual formation of your child. We
believe that two combined influences (parents and the church) will have greater impact than just two influences. So, this
October, we are focusing the attention of your family on the virtue of Cooperation. We would love for you to cooperate
with us on October 4th or 11th by attending church with your child—in King’s World!—instead of attending a regular adult
But, we also don’t want you to miss Pastor Jerry’s Sunday morning message! So on the week that you choose to attend
King’s World with your child, we are asking you to go home and watch the service on www.thechapel.com. If you do not
have internet access, we will provide you with a coupon voucher for Pastor Jerry’s message on audio CD (at your request)
when you attend King’s World with your child.
Second, we want to bring you in the loop on an organizational change that is taking place in King’s World. We have loved
and have been pleased to have Scott Greene serve as our Director of Children’s Ministry. Scott and his family have sensed
a calling in their lives to return to their home state of Indiana and help advance the Kingdom of God in a church there as a
teaching pastor. We have been blessed by Scott’s investment here at The Chapel and on our staff. Please be praying for Scott,
Deanna and the kids as they embark on this transition and new adventure in Indiana. Below you will find some words from
Scott Greene to you followed by a few thoughts from Pastor Jerry.
I am looking forward to continuing to work with our King’s World Team, and to ensuring that in this transition we move
forward the opportunities we have to resource and empower families to live for Jesus. We love you and thank you for your
investment at The Chapel and the partnership that God is allowing us to have with your family.
—Serving Christ, David Miller, Family Pastor
A note from Scott Greene…
For the last two months I have sensed God calling me to take a step of faith and obedience. Just weeks ago Deanna and
I welcomed our new little Ellie into this world. Our hearts have been filled with joy as we have watched our two young
boys embrace her arrival and simultaneously we have been overwhelmed with the blessings of kind words, meals, gifts and
prayers from our Chapel family. The outpouring of love by this body of believers is reason number 986 that makes this so
difficult. I have chosen to resign my role as the Director of Children’s Ministry here at The Chapel effective October 22nd
and will be taking a position as the Associate Teaching Pastor at Sonrise at Aboite in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This decision is one that is both incredibly difficult, but incredibly easy. Let me explain. First let me address what makes this
choice easy. When I chose to be a Christ follower at age twelve, I made the choice to follow Christ...no matter what. That
choice has led me several places. Twenty two months ago, on a very cold January morning, it led me here to The Chapel.
That choice was easy (even in January) because I knew God was leading me here. His calling on my life to be a part of
The Chapel was clear. It was difficult because of all the “unknowns” we were facing and because of the relationships were
leaving behind. We have faced those unknowns and God has been faithful to do His part. He also has blessed us with some
amazing relationships, which leads me to the difficult part of this decision. We are once again leaving behind dear friends,
unbelievably talented co-workers, loving neighbors and a body of people that will always hold a dear place in our hearts.
I have been asked to lead at Sonrise in three specific areas that The Chapel has given me opportunities to stretch and grow
in. I will be teaching regularly to their congregation. I will be leading a staff and helping them develop a family ministry.
And lastly, I will be leading them in their efforts to plant ten churches in the next ten years. I have had exposure to all three
things here at The Chapel and look forward to applying my “learnings” in a region which I am very familiar, where I have
an existing network of people to work with and in a place where the rate of “lostness” needs reducing!
Let me be clear about this. I love The Chapel. I love Family Ministry. I love the people I work with. There is no “back
story” to this. I am as clear about God’s calling to leave as I was to come here…even though the relationship part saddens
me once again. This is about obedience. Pastor Jerry, Pastor David and I have talked and shared and I am thankful to both
of them for the way they have allowed me to lead here and the way they are encouraging me as I follow what I know what
God is calling me to do. I look forward to sharing more as the next few weeks progress. As a family we will look forward to
watching The Chapel from a distance, keeping up with friends, partnering in “Kingdom work” and probably even visiting
from time to time…in the summer months.
—In Christ, Scott Greene
A few thoughts from Pastor Jerry…
Though I am disappointed in losing Scott Greene, a valuable team member, I want to take a moment and reaffirm my love
for he, Deanna, and their three precious children. I wish them God’s best as they pursue God’s call for their lives in this
season, and am trusting that their Kingdom impact will be felt in Indiana as it was here in Buffalo. We will be in different
locations, but we are on the same team.
What I also want to reaffirm is our wonderful KW Team that is doing, and will do, a great job of resourcing us parents,
training many volunteers, and planning in ways consistent with the mission of this ministry. Scott and the KW Team are
working to make sure all plans are in place and all necessary responsibilities are covered so that this team can move forward
with confidence in the months to come. They are, and will be, planned at least to the end of 2009 and will be in a position to
accomplish the ministry in the lives of parents and children with competence and excellence. As a KW parent myself, I am
encouraged by the wonderful team of people in this ministry serving on our staff: Cassandra Dietz, Allison Granger, Carla
Sperrazza, Iliana Wiggins, Mindy Witte, and Leah Halstead, as well as our incredible staff of volunteers. I have confidence
in them both as a parent and as a pastor, and I would ask you to continue to pray and encourage them (and maybe even use
this as an opportunity to volunteer if you have not before – wink wink). I am also grateful for our Family Pastor, David
Miller, who will be providing leadership, guidance, and direction for those on the KW Team, as he has already been doing
for the last few years.
Thanks for your prayers for all involved, and remember, God is in charge of our circumstances. But with each new
circumstance comes a creative opportunity for us to glorify God and reaffirm our commitment to the mission of reaching
every, man, woman, and child in this region. Please pray with us to that end.
—Grace and Peace, Jerry Gillis, Lead Pastor