Concluding Letter from our Temporary Part Time Executive Presbyter, Rev. Dr. David Oyler 

Posted December 15, 2020

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to observe—and participate—in the work of the Kingdom of God through Beaver-Butler Presbytery. I have learned a great deal from you. It is wonderfully evident that you have a passion for the Gospel and a desire to live out Kingdom principles in your daily lives.

In the summer of 2018, I was invited to partner with you as Temporary Part Time Executive Presbyter for 6 to 12 months. That was 29 months ago. You have covered a great deal of territory in those 29 months. You have said farewell to a long and faithfully serving executive presbyter Alan Adams. The presbytery has explored a potential partnership with our neighbors to the north in Shenango Presbytery. That conversation did not lead to a formalized partnership; however, it did teach us a great deal about ourselves as the churches of Beaver-Butler Presbytery. Since that time, you have engaged conversation about the best staffing configuration to support ministry in this new decade. You elected an Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee who has been diligently discerning God’s leading. You have accomplished an unanticipated transition into online worship and reaching out to your neighborhoods in a time of social distancing brought on by COVID. You have undertaken some presbytery staffing transitions. In a time of high societal anxiety, many of you have spoken to the pressing social issues of the day, all the while keeping your eyes focused on Jesus. Through it all you have sought to illustrate the Kingdom of God breaking out in our midst. 

Guided by God, and with the wisdom of counselors, it has been mutually agreed that this is a wise time to conclude my service as the Temporary Part Time Executive Presbyter of Beaver-Butler Presbytery. This resignation is effective December 31. Rev. Jim Steiner will serve as Transition Coordinator in the time between my departure and the start up of the new executive presbyter.

I am most interested in observing God’s mighty work through the churches of Beaver-Butler Presbytery in these coming months and years. As we all appreciate, God’s grace is new every day and there are more opportunities to grow in our Christian faith in these most curious times. There are new relationships to build and insights to gain; new themes to explore and new thoughtful conversations to engage with boldness. I will be praying—from a distance—for your careful listening to the leading of God in this next chapter. Thank you for the opportunity to gain new insights from you.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all as we explore what God is up to next.

In Christ,
David Oyler