Dear Transfiguration family,

It is with sadness that I share the news that Suzanne Finan has resigned as Director of Children and Family Ministries. Suzanne was called last February to succeed Gaye Lynn Huddleston in the position, and in less than a year has made a tremendous impact on the life and faith of our community. She brought artistic skill and creativity to the role, as well as a gentle, warm spirit that has fostered loving relationships with children, parents, and the volunteer ministry team with whom she works closely. Notably, she created and launched an entirely new curriculum for Sunday School featuring children’s literature, which has received praise from kids and teachers alike.

Suzanne and her husband, Jerry, are parents to four daughters, between ages six and sixteen. Her devotion to her children, and the feeling that the demands of work were preventing her from being appropriately available to her family, are what ultimately led her to step down. In her words, “This decision comes with great discernment and reflection on what is best for my family and their well-being. The past year has been a struggle for me finding a ‘work-life’ balance, and after discussion it was clear that my position is not ideal for a mother of four.”

Suzanne’s final day in the position will be January 31. That morning, after the Annual Meeting concludes (and during the 11:15 service), there will be a gathering to honor her in the Parlor. Messages of gratitude are, of course, most welcomed. Suzanne and Jerry intend to worship with us on occasion, and their children will continue to be involved with our children and youth ministries.

Mother Erin Jean Warde and I are already working on the process to find the next Director of Children and Family Ministries. It is our desire to move expediently in hopes of calling that person this spring. During the transition we will rely on our gifted group of volunteers to help us continue our ministry with kids and families. I am so grateful for their effort, skill, and dedication, and I know Suzanne shares that deep appreciation.

Questions regarding this transition may be directed either to me or to Mother Erin.

May God bless Suzanne and her family, and strengthen our efforts to guide the children of our church to know and serve the Lord.

Faithfully yours,
The Rev. R. Casey Shobe