After twelve wonderful years at Redeemer, including seven years as our Youth and 20/30s Minister, Mike Willis has just taken a position as the Youth Minister at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva, Illinois, leading both the Jr. High and Sr. High ministries. Mike and his wife Michelle have been looking to relocate their family a little farther west, and this new position (along with Michelle’s new position at a medical practice in Geneva) allows them to do that. It was a bittersweet farewell on April 3, as we said some heartfelt prayers, shared some tearful farewells, and told some hilarious stories of our life together with Mike, Michelle, Megan, Christian, and Luke — who was baptized on that same morning. All in all, quite a day!

While we’ll miss their presence on Sunday mornings and at a lot of other church events, Geneva isn’t that far away, and we look forward to continuing some strong and faithful relationships with them. Please keep them — and their new church — in your thoughts prayers.