Published : Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 5:23 PM
On August 30, 2019 the senior pastor of Pasadena’s Lake Avenue Church, Greg Waybright, will step down from the leadership role he has held for nearly 12 years, but he and his wife, Chris, plan to remain at the church.
At that time Lead Ministry Pastor Jeff Mattesich will step in as acting senior pastor while the church’s governing body, the Ministry Council, sets in motion the process for forming a search committee to find a new senior pastor.
In a letter to the congregation Waybright said that a few years ago he and his wife Chris “began to sense that a new season was at hand for us. She and I began praying and seeking God’s guidance. I also communicated those promptings in our hearts to the Ministry Council so that we might pray and plan together.”
After he steps down Waybright will take a sabbatical and then return this December on a part-time basis. He writes that he believes that “the next season in ministry for me will likely include continued preaching and teaching, development and mentoring of younger leaders, some writing and more involvement in our Father’s global mission. I believe it will probably include less organizational management and administration.”
In his letter Waybright thanked the congregation “for allowing me to be your senior pastor for almost 12 years” and “for welcoming Chris and me so warmly into the congregation. Thank you for your own faithfulness to the Lord, to this wonderful church and to us.”
Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 844-4700 or visit www.lakeave.org.