Leadership Transition at RCC
On Sunday, October 29th, both RCC parishes will combine at St James in West Reading at 10AM to formally thank John Fuller for his years in serving as part-time Executive Director for RCC and to formally welcome George Davis as our new full-time Executive Pastor for RCC. We hope you can join us for the celebration.
Below is a joint post containing thoughts from John and George as they make their transitions.
- Former Executive Director, John Fuller
It is with mixed emotions that I came to the decision to step down as the Executive Director of Reading City Church. I have been with RCC since the inception and seen how God has grown me personally through my involvement and transition to the Executive Director position. It has been a very challenging and rewarding time. I have learned so many things and am grateful for all the relationships that have developed and people I have gotten to know through this time. There is a part of me that is sad that this chapter is coming to a close.
I am also excited for what this means for RCC going forward. I have met and begun to get to know George, the new Executive Pastor, and am confident that he is the right person, at the right time, for RCC. George has the background and skills needed fulfill the responsibilities of the ‘Executive Director’ position, and has strong people and pastoral skills that are needed to successfully transition this to an Executive Pastor position. There is not a communication with George in which he does not take time to minister to me through this transition; that is extraordinary. It is not just me though, I see George caring for everyone he interacts with. This element of pastoral care is needed in this position in order for the church to continue to fulfill the vision God has given RCC leadership. The RCC core values include ‘holding loosely’ and ‘passing the baton’; I see this transition as a way for RCC leadership to not only talk about our core values, but to demonstrate them.
As RCC moves to the next phase of growth, with three parishes, a women’s shelter and cafe, a continued growing community outreach in West Reading, and whatever else God brings our way, I expect George will bring the gifts, talents, and abilities needed to facilitate this growth. My hope is that RCC will continue to grow, to serve the city, be a lighthouse and beacon of God’s love, and will be the church that demonstrates the lessons that Jesus spent his time pouring into his followers. My hope is that it will be said that RCC is a church that fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, gave shelter to the homeless, gave clothes to the naked, gave comfort to the sick, and spent time with the prisoner and the outcast.
- New Executive Pastor, George Davis
When our Heavenly Father decides to change something in our lives or organizations, he loves to lead us on the easiest path we are willing to go. While I believe this to be true, I have witnessed far too few transitions of position or power that do not go as smoothly as they could if all the parties walked humbly with one another and with God. Perhaps this is due to the residual egos that lurk in the shadows of our lives or the stirring up of strife caused by uninformed opinions or careless words.
Early in the discernment process that brought Denise and me to RCC, John Fuller reached out to embrace the possibility of making this the best and most beneficial transition it could be. In every way, John has shown the utmost love for RCC and me by providing open-hearted friendship and working hard to position us for greater success
I publically thank you, John, for being a person of integrity, forthright and honest in conversation, as well as gracious in speech toward others. I have witnessed your love for your staff and the hours of dedicated work you have provided RCC. As I build on the excellent foundation that you and our other leaders have striven to lay, it will be with gratitude for you and your commitment to “pass the baton” with expertise and class. I have enjoyed getting to know you not as “guy who had the job before me” but as a brother, already dearly respected and deeply valued. Together we will see to it that our transition as leaders in this fellowship will be the easiest it can be.