My beloved brothers and sisters of Zion Missionary Baptist Church:
In June of 2017, my pastor, Dr. Michael A. Evans of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Mansfield, Texas, contacted me and asked me if I would travel to Dallas and provide “pulpit supply” for a church who felt it necessary to separate from its current pastor. I consented.
I will never forget the crisp, hot Sunday morning in June when I walked onto the campus of Zion.
Although I never anticipated my time with Zion would be some two and a half years, it has been one of the most formative periods in my life. I would like to say to each of you “Thank you” for the honor and privilege of serving as your interim pastor for this appointed time. I have grown both personally and professionally, but most of all, I have grown in my relationship with the Lord!
In our time together, we have made great strides. We inaugurated conferences for our men’s, women’s and youth annual days; we welcomed at least ten new or returning members; we relaunched new member orientation; we made great strides in our audio/video ministry and we baptized one member!
My most joyous accomplishment was in seeing our Youth Praise Mime and Dance ministry taking off under the able auspices of Sisters Sonja Wright and Wylonia Johnson! What a blessing!
I am grateful for the leadership of Zion for entrusting pulpit responsibilities to me.
And now, as I prepare to hand over permanent duties to the Pastor-Elect, Rev. Gerald Mitchell, I implore each of you to, in the words of Paul, “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)
Zion is, and will continue to be, a faith community of extraordinary people of extraordinary faith living in an extraordinary time serving an EXTRAORDINARY God!
I am excited about what God is doing at ZMBC and I know that Pastor-Elect Mitchell is just as excited and ready to do great things at Zion with God’s blessings!
Zion is poised and postured for great success in building God’s kingdom on earth.
I look forward to joining you for worship and praise this Sunday, December 8, 2019 for my farewell message Sunday!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Wayne E. Croomes, Interim Pastor