As you may have already heard, Beau Bradberry, our Banks Mill Campus Pastor, is taking a next step in his journey of faith and ministry. Below is a note from Him that I wanted to share with all of you who call Cedar Creek home.
Right now is a very bittersweet moment in the life of the Bradberry family. As many of you know, I have accepted the position of Senior Pastor at Willow Ridge Church in Lexington, SC, pending the congregations vote on June 9th. This was a difficult decision to make but it was one that Erin and I both felt God was calling us to take. Since I surrendered my life to the call of ministry, I have always known God would call me to be a Senior Pastor. While I did not know when or where this would be, I knew that this is where God was leading us. The past 5 years at Cedar Creek have been wonderful and have gone by all too quickly. You have loved us well and given me much grace and for that I will always be grateful.
Since coming to Cedar Creek, God has taught me many things that will continue to stick with me for the rest of my life no matter where I am. First, I learned that church could be based in community and not in politics. Cedar Creek Church is family. Sometimes family doesn’t get along but family sticks together and family loves each other. I have seen you love each other and stick together and I will always be grateful for that. Second, I learned its ok to get messy. The fact is life is messy and people are messy. I am messy and you are messy and God loves messy people. At Cedar Creek, we get messy together. When life gets rough we reach out not only to God but also to each other. We lean in on each other as God holds us all up. Lastly, I learned how to lead. I shared on Sunday that Phillip Lee will always be my pastor. I watch him love this church and love his Savior and that is what a leader does. I have seen him stop and listen to God when others or even he desires to do something different. Cedar Creek Church you have a wonderful pastor in Phillip Lee and I am blessed to be able to call him my friend.
I want you to remind you of all the great things God has done through this church over the past 20 years. We have seen souls saved, lives healed, and people restored. We have seen the gospel in a new language and partnerships develop in our community, state, country, and all over the world. We have seen churches planted and campuses started. We have seen family members go to be with Jesus and welcomed new ones into the family. God is doing big and great things here and eternity is being impacted as a result of it. Remember to continue to reach, connect, grow, serve, and honor and continue to help people find their way back to God.
Cedar Creek Church the Bradberry’s love you!
Thanks so much,
Please join me in praying for Beau, Erin, Emma and Grayson as they step out in faith. Willow Ridge is a great church that we’ve partnered with in the past and now can look forward to partnering with even more in the future. To honor the Bradberry’s, we’re having a drop-in reception Sunday, June 2nd from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at our Banks Mill Campus. We’ll have a basket available for you to share a note, card or gift with them to express personally your gratitude for their impact at Cedar Creek. I hope you can join us.