We spent the last 10 days of January 2017 contacting every one on the Creative Arts team at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, writing letters to church members and other area pastors and vendors, sending emails to everyone else we thought needed to know about our decision to leave FPCB. When all that was complete, B felt he needed to let the rest of the world know. There had already been a lot of questions and phone calls. Word spread quickly, so on Wednesday night, February 1, 2017, B wrote the following Facebook post:
To our Many Dear Friends,
To everything there is a time and season. And after nearly 11 years in Pennsylvania, the Groshongs are making a transition. As of February 26, 2017, I will be stepping down as the Director of Music at First Pres Bethlehem. It is our desire to move closer to family in the Western half of the country. But the truth is, we do not yet know where this journey will lead us. We believe that this is God’s plan for us in this season, so we step out in faith, courage, and prayer. It’s a big step. Here’s to new adventures. #newadventures
Just minutes after B hit the post button, while a hundred comments and messages were pouring in, he received a private message from a Facebook friend that read, “I know of a large church, 1100 in attendance, in southern Michigan that’s looking for a Director of Worship Arts if you are interested.”
B looked at me and said, “Here’s a job in Michigan.”
“Michigan? Who’s it from?” I asked.
“I don’t know. It’s a guy from Facebook,” he said and immediately started looking into how he knew this friend. “He went to Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he’s friends with the old Impact crew from Cedar Park Church [where B played and led worship for many years]. Our paths must have crossed. What should I write back to him?”
“Write, ‘Thanks for the information. We are exploring all opportunities right now. Please feel free to pass along my contact information and my website. My bio, resume, and music is all on there.’”
Three days later, B received an email that started, “I heard about you from a friend of a friend who mentioned that you might be looking at a transition. I was wondering if that were true and if you’d be open to talking about an opening that we have here. We’re in a Christian university setting in South Central Michigan, looking for a full time Worship Arts Director who can build teams and leaders, mentor Worship Arts student interns, etc. Hope we get a chance to talk…”
When God moves, he makes his moves very obvious. Three telephone interviews and one Skype interview later, B and I were invited out for a weekend in mid-March to Spring Arbor, Michigan to meet the search committee, the pastors and staff, and tour the area. Then a couple weeks later on March 29, 2017, well, that is another story...
Great News! Brently Groshong has accepted the position of Director of Worship Arts at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan. We will be relocating to Michigan at the end of May! (We really wanted to see The Girl and Monkey Boy finish the school year here in the Lehigh Valley.) We are truly in awe of how God connected us with the talented and passionate team at SAFMC, and there could not be a better suited position for B. He gets to do everything he’s ever dreamed. #newadventures