After 10 years of a being on a wild ride with The Falls Church Anglican and having the privilege of serving them as Associate Director of Worship and Music, God has called me to Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia, to be their next Director of Worship and Arts. Catherine and I are sad to say goodbye to our community at TFCA (though, graciously, this new call doesn’t involve us moving!), but we’re thrilled to start a new chapter of ministry at a church that’s so dear to us.
Truro is actually where Catherine and I met each other (our dads were both associate pastors at the same time), where we first led worship together, where we got married, and where we have many fond memories and close friends. I was a member there and helped lead worship in multiple capacities for about four years. We never imagined God would call us “back” to Truro. But that’s the thing: he hasn’t. He’s called us forward to Truro. And we’re thrilled.
I came on staff at TFCA on July 6th, 2004. I was excited and anxious. I was grateful to be called to such a wonderful church with godly leadership, but a bit overwhelmed by the challenges that faced me. There hadn’t been anyone on staff before to lead any of the contemporary music elements, or to take ownership of the “informal services”. It was all new to them. And to me! But I dove in to the deep end, with a lot of help and a lot of grace from the amazing people at TFCA, and it’s been a wonderful adventure. It’s been a full decade: full of joys and trials, and I’m deeply grateful to God for the opportunity to be at this amazing church with such sweet people, gifted musicians, and committed volunteers for as long as he’s let me. The last two and a half years have been especially exciting (losing/leaving our campus, becoming portable, etc.) And now God is bringing this chapter to a close.
My last Sunday at TFCA will be July 6th, 2014. Exactly a decade. Time flies!
I’m looking forward to four weeks off with my family after that, before starting at Truro on Monday, August 4th. I’ll be diving into a new deep end, and again hoping for a lot of help and a lot of grace from the amazing people at Truro. I’m looking forward to building on the solid foundation that’s already there, and has been there for several decades now. It’s an honor to be called to this new position, and I’m grateful to Tory (Truro’s senior pastor) for the opportunity.
I’d really appreciate your prayers over the next three weeks as I seek to finish well (I sure do have a lot to do!), as my family and I process the emotions of saying goodbye to our time at TFCA, as I attempt some sort of brief “sabbatical” starting on Monday, July 7th, and as the Browns begin a new chapter at Truro in August.
Over the next few weeks I hope to share some more reflections on the last 10 years, so for now I’ll just leave it at this: it’s been an incredible honor to serve The Falls Church Anglican for the last decade. I will always be grateful.
8 thoughts on “A New Call”
You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. May God richly bless the church, at least the Worship Portion 🙂 ) He has placed under your care.
Thanks for your prayers, Michael.
Congrats on the new position! May God do amazing things through you in your new ministry.
I’ve enjoyed finding your blog and hope it continues through the transition.
Thanks, Tony. I intend for it to!
Dan & I will miss you & Catherine like crazy Jamie! We are sad for us/happy for you. I think you know that we are some of your biggest fans! Music in the form of anthems & praise songs have always ministered to me. I often sing the song as I read a scripture that we sing. Dan majored in sacred music composition at Moody – (many years ago!).
But life does change & we know this will be good for you & your family.
We wish you so many blessings as you move forward with new opportunities.
On another note, we were thrilled to learn that you secured Andrew Peterson for another concert in Dec. way to go!
Hugs from us & much love too!
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Hi Jamie, my name is Drew Belden. I am the associate music pastor at The Chapel in Akron Ohio and I just wanted to write you and say thank you for your ministry through your blog. I have been deeply encouraged and challenged by you to be God centered, and bible saturated in how I pastorally shepherd my congregation to encounter the greatness of God on Sundays. Thank you brother for helping me and reminding me to be more like John the Baptist in my ministry. 🙂 I will be praying for you and your family during this transition. Keep Jesus the center in all you do brother!
I didn’t know until now that you are in my neck of the woods! We will have to visit and worship with you in your new church home.