The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has been informed by our District Superintendent that Rev. Matt Carter has been appointed as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Wynne, Arkansas, effective July 1st. Matt is a gifted pastor who has done so much for St. James during the three years he has been here, including faithfully leading our youth ministry during a time of transition prior to us hiring Chris Johnson. While we are all sad to see Matt go, we are also excited for him and the opportunity he has been given to shepherd this congregation in Wynne.
 
Wynne is a town of approximately 8,000 people located about 100 miles east of Little Rock. First United Methodist Church is an active part of the community there, and we know that Matt will do an excellent job of leading them as they seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
 
The SPR Committee has already met to begin determining our next steps. We do not anticipate any other changes within our pastoral staff this year. Please keep the committee, the church, and Matt in your prayers in the weeks to come. We will be celebrating his ministry here with us before he leaves; be watching for details once plans are finalized.