welcoming eop's new general presbyter

 The Rev. Tim Blodgett will become the new General Presbyter of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery on June 1, 2019.

Rev. Timothy Blodgett to become the new General Presbyter of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery

March 31, 2019

 

With joy and excitement, we bring Good News to you and invite you to join with us in welcoming the Rev. Tim Blodgett as the next Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery (EOP) General Presbyter. This will become effective following a vote of the Presbytery June 1, 2019.

Following General Presbyter Rev. Dr. Greg Coulter's announcement to retire from the Presbytery, a search committee was to find someone to lead the presbytery with its 60 churches into the future. It has been a challenging and joyful task. 

During the last year, we went over many PIFs, met with several candidates (virtually and in person), checked references, and prayed throughout, trusting God would show us whom God has prepared to lead the Presbytery. 

There is a saying that sometimes the person we are looking for may be in our own backyard, and it has proven true here. Tim has been among us, coming to faith at FPC Sapulpa while in college, seeking to grow in faith by changing his major, and eventually attending Austin Seminary. After graduation, he was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament and has been serving churches here in Oklahoma since then.

 

Listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit in our deliberations, we believe God has given Tim the necessary gifts and abilities to lead EOP at this time; the qualities and convictions that will serve the Presbytery well. 

 

Tim is currently the Pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. He and his wife, Kati, have two children: Evan (5) and Simon (2).  

 

Please join us at the upcoming Regional Ministry Council meetings for an opportunity to meet and welcome Tim and get to know him better (see schedule below).

 

We wish to thank the Presbytery for bringing us together as a committee and for Valerie Young, Synod of the Sun Synod Leader and Stated Clerk for her invaluable assistance at every turn. We give thanks to God Almighty for inviting us into this work.

     

With hope and trust in Christ,

 

Elder Kristy Rodgers, Moderator

Rev. Jeff Cranton

Elder Darlene Cusher

Rev. Dr. Jeff London

Elder Grace Goodeagle

Elder Gary Mathews

Rev. Jon Watt

A message from Tim

As I was preparing to meet with the General Presbyter Search Committee, I stumbled upon a collection of sermons by Tom Long that offered a theme for the process for me. In one sermon, Long tells the story of a “Searchers” Sunday School class that had long ago stopped searching and gave into the “burdensome weight” that “the whole business of being a part of the church at all felt, at times.” The conversation came to a head when one member asked, “Why stay in the church?” It was then that a usually quiet participant spoke up. “I’ll tell you,” one man said, “what keeps me coming to this church.” “It’s strange, I know, but I get the feeling here, like nowhere else, that something is about to happen.”[1]

 

The feeling and promise that something is about to happen shapes my ministry and my hope for Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery. The beginning of Mark’s gospel declares boldly that “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:15 NRSV) The world is changing around us and we are a part of it. Mark is so excited by this good news and the coming of the Kingdom that he cannot contain his enthusiasm as he writes that this, and this, and this is happening. (Even more “ands” in the Greek than the English translation.) Something is happening. 

 

The world and the church continue to change. Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery, all it’s congregations and members, are in the liminal space of that transformation. Something is happening all around us as God calls the church into a new tomorrow. The inbreaking of the Kingdom of God continues, but it often looks different than it did in generations past. As I said to the presbytery in my sermon last March, “God is in this place and God is moving in PCUSA.” “We have not been abandoned.” I still believe that. My vision for our active, connectional life of ministry together is grounded in that reality. God is at work here and so should we. Something is about to happen.

 

I am thrilled to be the candidate to be the next General Presbyter of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery. I look forward to serving alongside all of you as we fulfill our common calling to minister and serve across Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery. 

 

[1] Excerpts from Long, Thomas G. “When Something Is About To Happen.” Something Is about to Happen: Sermons for Advent and Christmas, CSS Pub. Co., 1996, pg. 9.

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