Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
I am writing to let you know that Logan Kruck is resigning from his position as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Grace, effective August 28, 2016. I am thankful for Logan’s four years of faithful ministry among and beside us; in particular, I am grateful to God for the ways in which Logan has shared the journey of faith with our youth, both within and beyond the walls of Grace. I ask you to join me in giving thanks to God for Logan’s ministry and in wishing Logan and Kathleena many blessings in their new ventures which you can read more about in his letter of resignation (below). Opportunities to celebrate Logan’s ministry and say goodbye will be announced as we get closer to his date of departure.
May 2, 2016
Pastor Lyle, Pastor Kersten, and the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church and School,
I humbly submit to you my resignation from my position as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Grace Lutheran. As many of you know, Kathleena and I have been in a long conversation about our callings and our future. As I have been called by God to be a mediator of God’s grace within the church, Kathleena has been called as a mediator of justice on behalf of the poor. Kathleena has received an offer to serve as a lawyer for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. With this offer, we have had to make the hard decision to leave Chicago, and to leave this loving community that has surrounded and supported us over the past four years. It has been a pleasure living and ministering with you all, and watching our children and families grow in faith.
I will continue as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries through the summer, finishing my ministry as of August 28, 2016. During this time, we will develop a team of adults who will continue the high school ministries, including faith education on Sunday mornings, serving at Kidz Express, helping the youth serve with our congregation, and continuing the internship program. Please, be in prayer with me as we walk this journey together.
Grace has taught me how to be more than a youth pastor. It has taught me to listen carefully and live amidst the needs of our community. It has also brought wonderful friendships and great relationships that I will cherish as I continue in ministry. Thank you for the opportunity for me to explore life and ministry with wonderful youth and families, and for providing me with the environment to seek ministry and faith education in innovative ways. Grace is a blessing.
Rev. J. Logan Kruck
Director of Youth and Family