Stillwater pastor resigns from church post |

Stillwater pastor resigns from church post

Sky-Hi News staff report

Pastor Jim Weber of Stillwater Community Chapel near Grand Lake is stepping aside from his pastoral duties to join the staff of Global Connection International as vice president of strategic planning and development.

The pastor of Stillwater for nearly two decades, Weber plans to continue to preach on Sundays and serve on a part-time basis between now and May 31 “as the church begins to search out the person who will come and serve as only the second Sr. Pastor it’s ever had in its 20-year history,” Weber said.

Weber announced his upcoming departure at an all-church meeting held on Aug. 8.

His new position, working for a mission organization that serves to bring aid to poverty-stricken and war-torn regions of the world, will be based in the Denver area,

“While the announcement brought lots of emotions and tears, the congregation has without exception expressed its support and affirmation for the Webers in their decision,” states a church press release.

Having lived 27 years in Grand County, the Webers plan to move from the Grand Lake area once their house is sold.

Jim and his wife JoAnn of 40 years agree that “Grand County has been a great place to raise our family, and while change almost always encompasses some difficult, emotional elements, we look forward with great anticipation to what the Lord has for both the church and for us and our family in these coming days,” the release states.

Weber’s service to the community has included coaching basketball at the Middle School and High School, serving on the East Grand School’s District Accountability Committee, the Grand Futures Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and serving as Chaplain and a certified firefighter with the Grand Lake Fire Protection District.

Having grown up as the son of missionary parents who spent 26 years in Japan after WWII, Weber said he has always demonstrated “a great ability and passion for ministry in the cross-cultural arena.” As a result, that passion has spilled over into the on-going ministry of the Stillwater Community Chapel as an integral part of its day-to-day operations.

“We are proud that an organization like Global Connection International has seen qualities in our pastor that have caused them to invite him to become involved in a leadership role within their organization,” said Jim Campbell, chairman of the Elder Board at the church. “It’s not like Jim is leaving Stillwater, but rather he is shifting from one important role to another as he steps out of pastoral duties to assume a new role in the missions organization that we have supported the most over the past decade. He and JoAnn will always be a special part of our extended staff and family,”

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