Josh Kluth

Dear Peninsula Bible Fellowship,

I firmly believe that the local church (made up of both leadership and laity) is God’s strategy for revealing his gospel to the world. And in challenging times, the church has the opportunity to shine uniquely bright. And by the grace of God, this is one of those times. 

For this reason, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as an Associate Pastor at Peninsula Bible Fellowship. But it is also, in part, what makes this announcement difficult: I will be stepping down from my pastoral position mid-December.

This decision is made with some difficulty, but follows a significant season of prayer and seeking godly counsel. Let me assure you — the decision is not due to particular sin, nor frustration, nor even the unique challenges that have defined the past two years. The truth is, when I became a pastor, I did so with some surprise. Nearly seven years ago, I sensed (along with the elders), a call to pastor at PBF for a season. And trusting God’s perfect timing, as difficult as it may be, this particular season is coming to a close. 

As I mentioned at the beginning, I firmly believe the local church is God’s strategy for revealing his gospel to the world. As I step from leadership to laity, I remain committed as ever to the advancement of God’s kingdom as his church. And I am grateful for the example set by many of you who everyday, shine the light of Christ in your workplaces and neighborhoods. I intend to follow in the example you have set.

One of my favorite parts of being a pastor is giving the Benediction at the conclusion of a worship service. A Benediction is the announcement of God’s blessing on God’s people as they prepare to go back to their homes and places of employment with the hope of the gospel. In the coming seasons, I simply look forward to being a recipient of the Benediction. Lord knows I need it. 

However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to preaching and giving the Benediction one last time  on December 5th. Thank you for privilege of being one of your pastors.

I remain your servant,