A New Chapter For Me

Yesterday I had the privilege of telling my church family some exciting news for our family. I have accepted the call to become the teaching pastor at LifePoint Church in Plano, Texas. Our last Sunday with Highland will be on May 19th. My first Sunday with our new church family at LifePoint will be on June 2.

Below is an excerpt from the letter that I read to our Highland church family. You can read the whole thing in entirety here.

Even though we are excited about this opportunity, we are at the same time sad. Highland, y’all are an awesome church family and that fact makes this decision challenging for us. Natalie and I fell in love in the fellowship hall. Literally. I was chasing Joshua and Jacob Dunn and fell on top of Natalie in the fellowship hall. Kyle Dunn mentored me here and Edrena Smith mentored Natalie here. Barry Camp pulled me aside over by the staff entrance to the White House and told me that I should start dating Natalie. He was similarly pleased to perform our marriage ceremony. Tim Cates, Phil Stagg, and Amine Qourzal played music in our wedding and Mary Beth Talley and Lauren Butler helped with reception and greeting duties. Trent Henderson and Mark Wible mentored me in seminary. The Elders ordained me to ministry. They called us back here and offered me my first real grown up job in 2009. This group of staff members and Elders were the ones who prayed for Natalie and me during our struggle with infertility along with our connection group and Sunday school class. These same people met us at the hospital when our daughter was born. Highland is the church home where we will dedicate our daughter on Mother’s Day. It was the place where I was blessed enough to perform some of my first weddings, my first baptism, and my first funeral, and the place where I preached my first sermons.

Leaving here means leaving family. But, it also means leaving a job I really love. We do so much important Kingdom work together as a team of staff, elders, and volunteer leaders. I will miss this working environment. But I will also miss the little things about working for Highland. For example, I will miss starting my workday at Highland. I will miss pulling up to the Chapel on a crisp Waco morning with the Sun piercing through the Live Oaks on 30th and Maple Ave., walking into the White House, climbing the stairs up to my office on the second floor that overlooks a picturesque row of homes, putting a kettle of water on to boil, forgetting to clean my coffee mug, walking back down the stairs to the kitchen sink, rinsing out my mug, walking back up the stairs, pouring a cup of tea, booting up my computer, answering emails, realizing that I let the tea steep for far too long to the point of bitterness, drinking the tea anyway, and thanking God that I get to serve the church that I love.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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  2. Preston says:

    You will be missed but I am very excited in the new adventure God has put before you and your family.

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