July 3, 2020


Dear Pastor Jim Peterson and the beloved Bridgeton Church of the Nazarene Family:


Greetings of joy to each and everyone of you in the Name of our King, Jesus of Nazareth. 


On Thursday evening, July 2, 2020, I was blessed to meet with your pastor and the church board for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes for the scheduled four-year, leadership review. It was a lovely gathering with God’s presence the centerpiece of our conversation.


It was a transparent meeting, overflowing with love, tenderness, appreciation, and expectation. Your church board beautifully represented God on behalf of the local church. Kindness and clarity was expressed beautifully in the room. 


After we talked and shared questions and answers, I was blessed to join the board members in a sacred season of prayer around the pastor. (Though we all had our COVID-19 masks, it was still certainly a sacred experience for me as the district leader.)


Please celebrate with me today in the board’s unanimous affirmation of Pastor Jim’s leadership. It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us. 


This means your local pastor is extended a four-year recall. We are grateful for Pastor Jim’s life and also want to express our gratitude to his precious wife, Mona.


Finally, beloved Bridgeton Church family, I compassionately call on you to keep loving the Lord and one another. Never stop doing life together. And never grow weary of lighting your world. I pray and believe the rest of your days will the best of your days as never-dying souls await to hear about our Savior, Jesus, the Hope of the World. 


May your passion, vision, and mission as the Bridgeton, New Jersey Church of the Nazarene find renewed togetherness as you glorify Almighty God in miraculous ways. In Matthew 16, Jesus declared: “I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it!” 


I am humbled and grateful to partner alongside you as your district servant. May His holiness be our countenance.


So we pray: Lord, for our inheritance give us the lost.


And let us remember...

Presence Matters Most!

No Invisible People!



Pastor Kerry Willis

District Servant (Superintendent)

Philadelphia District 

Church of the Nazarene

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