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from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

It is with a heavy and grateful heart that today I accepted the letter of resignation of All Saints Church Director of Music James Walker, effective the end of July, 2017. Heavy because for 34 years, James has been more than a music director but a spiritual and pastoral leader in this congregation, and his loss to us will be keenly felt. Grateful because, during his time here, James has shaped All Saints as a creative community and enriched the tapestry of our worship in countless ways, the benefits of which will be felt for generations to come.

As I mourn (and curse a little!) our own loss, I am excited that James has a chance to pursue new opportunities … and that is a gift we can give him.

In the coming months, we will have a chance to celebrate James’ incomparable ministry among us. The Transition Life Committee, which has served us so well in our previous transitions, will help lead us through this transition as well. I have already met with the wardens and we are putting together a team to devise and implement an interim plan to keep the music program at All Saints Church thriving while we consider where God is calling us and conduct a national search for leadership for the future.

There will be time for all of that, and I am excited about the future that James’ incredible work here has made possible. For today, though, I hope you will join me in giving thanks for this incredible minister and friend.

God bless you and keep you, James Walker. We will be saying farewell, but surely God is not done with you yet!