Dear Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church,
I’m writing today to follow up on Ryan Schmall’s announcement that he has received and accepted a new call as the Director of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane. Ryan will be with us through the end of the month—including teaching the Wednesday Night Series and preaching at the end of the month—and his resignation is effective on December 1st. I echo the consistent message I hear from members of the congregation, “we are excited for Ryan and his family, but sad for us”.
We thank God for all for the service and leadership Ryan has generously provided for the church over the past 4 years, and we pray for Ryan, Jeanette, Delanie, Olivia, and Nora as they follow God’s next best step for their family.
Over the next couple of weeks, I encourage you to reach out to Ryan and his family to express your gratitude say “goodbye” in a meaningful way.
The elders of the church have started the work of ensuring that we are able to maintain our value of Generations Together, as well as to continue providing spiritual formation for our young people.
Below is Ryan’s letter of resignation for you to read.
Grace and Peace.
It has been nothing short of a privilege to work for you as Director of Grow Ministries over the past several years. Through my time here, I have had the opportunity to grow tremendously as a person as well as professionally. However, as I continue to pursue God’s direction in my life, I am being called to a new role in another community. This was not an easy decision come to, but I ultimately must follow the leading of the Spirit in me and my family’s life.
My final day at PDCPC will be on December 1, 2021. Over my remaining weeks here, I will work diligently on helping craft and develop a plan for my absence with staff and volunteers.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the opportunity to serve alongside you these past four years.
I pray that God continues to move and inspire you all to continue pursuing Him in new ways as you share Jesus with this community.
Ryan Schmall, Director of Grow Ministries