A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE WILLITS FAMILY
The next big adventure is here... It is with a ton of excitement and a bit of sadness that I share with you that Andrea and I will be packing up this June and moving north. I will be attending a seminary in Wisconsin — Nashotah House Theological Seminary. We'll be on campus for the 2015-16 academic year and making big plans for the future!
Our sadness comes from knowing how much we will miss all of the amazing families at our church and all the incredible friends we've met in Texas! We've been Texans now for over 3 years. It feels like home and we will miss it!
Our family is loved, our kids are well cared for and we have really come to love the people and place in return!
Our year at seminary will be really exciting. Nashotah House is a very unique place and will offer our family a great opportunity to be formed spiritually through prayer, worship and education. There is also a great community of families, students and faculty that we look forward to sharing life with.
We take this step after a lot of thought and prayer. We sense God leading and we want to follow!
If you know me, you know that I've had church planting on my heart for a long time! Andrea and I are beginning to feel like it might just be the time to do that. WOW!! But we want to be ready! Our hope is that Nashotah will be just the right place for us to be formed spiritually and to prepare through prayer and conversation for the adventure of church planting! We'll be on campus for about one year and then I will finish up my education through their distance program while living in the place we have discerned to plant a church.
In conversations with my Sr. Pastor / Rector, Fr. David Roseberry, he also recommended I pursue this education with my sense of a calling to ordained ministry, leadership and church planting in mind. So, I’m looking forward to the theological studies and Anglican formation, but Andrea and I are really excited to take this year to pray and dream about church planting.
Our prayer will be where, when, and with whom God might want us to plant a church. Our leaning right now is that we will end up back in McKinney, Texas. McKinney was rated the #1 place to live in America this past year! And we think it just might need a strong new church to participate in God's mission of love and redemption among the growing population! We're open to where God will lead us and who he will put in our path to partner with, but this is what we are currently thinking about and praying about.
It really is exciting! But it's a bit scary as well!
We need all the prayer and support you can give!
We are going to be doing fundraising over the next six months to cover some of the tuition and living expenses, so plan on hearing from us.
We also plan on setting up a blog specifically to keep all our friends and family in the loop on how you can pray for us and support us as we embark on this new journey! (Look for that in the next month!)
We know that God is leading us and that we have a strong community of friends and family that will come alongside us to participate in what God is doing!
We are excited to see how God will lead and provide over these next couple years. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!
With love and excitement, Erik and Andrea