Skip French, the Pastor of the First United Church in Berryville, has been reassigned and is leaving Berryville sometime in late June. He and his good wife Char are going to the UMC in Brinkley, Arkansas. I don't know anything about Brinkley except that it is half way between Little Rock and Memphis...and that they've had a stroke of good luck because Skipper and Char are going to live in their town now.
I'm not a Methodist and I don't know much about them. It was a surprise to me that they move pastors around, like Catholics move priests every few years. I guess the phrase "wither thou goests" applies here: if Methodist Big Shots want you to go someplace, that's where you go. As a general rule it makes some sense, but I know the folks left behind will feel a sense of loss, certainly sadness and maybe a bit of chagrin because they'll have to break a new guy in.
I've heard Pastor French preach a couple of times when the Berryville Alliance of Churches has had a community-wide fandango, and we've had lunch once or twice. What I've appreciated most, in his sermons and in our casual conversations, is his kindness and humility and his genuine love for the people he serves in his congregation. He has always spoken well of his flock, and of Berryville too, and I am sure that he and Char will miss us as much as we'll miss him.