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Briley Accepts Call to Tulsa Congregation

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Mark Briley, Minister of Youth and North Campus Pastor for Geist Christian Church, Indianapolis, has accepted a call to become Senior Minister at Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Tulsa, Okla., following a six year ministry with the congregation at Geist.

Mark Briley

Mark Briley

“It is with both a mixture of great sadness and immense pride that we announce the resignation of our associate pastor Mark Briley,” said Mike Fitzgerald and Randy Spleth, president of the congregation and senior minister respectively, in a joint letter sent to members today. “Mark’s last weekend at Geist Christian Church is July 25-26. He will begin his ministry in Tulsa on August 24, 2009.”

Briley began his ministry as an intern from Christian Thelogical Seminary while also serving Third Christian Church. He was ordained at Geist Christian and called as a full-time pastor in January 2005.

“During his tenure, Mark has touched the lives of many youth,” noted Spleth. “He launched ALTARed worship and has anchored the ministry of the north campus community.  A strong community of young adults knows him both as pastor and friend. He will be greatly missed.”

“Our six years at Geist Christian Church have shaped us in ways we never imagined and the relationships we have made have changed us forever,” said Briley.  “We will deeply miss our church family and the ministry we have shared.  We felt God leading us to accept this challenge of senior leadership at this time and the spirit of Geist will go with us.” 

Fitzgerald and Spleth shared in their letter, “We as a congregation can take pride in sending leaders into the wider church as an important part of our ministry. Sometimes, like now, it is a painful experience. But it is a value that we bring to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).”

Receptions are planned to honor Mark, Carrie, Morgan and Dane following the 5:30 p.m. north campus worship on July 25 and the 10:30 a.m. ALTARed and south campus worship services on July 26. 

“We are sad even as we are excited about this opportunity for Mark’s career and the Harvard Avenue Christian Church,” said Fitzgerald. We ask for your prayers for the Briley family as they go through the difficult task of saying goodbye. We also ask for prayers for the personnel committee and senior staff as we begin a search for ministerial leadership to serve our youth this fall.”

News story and letter posted at Geist Christian Church website: http://www.geistchristian.org/briley-accepts-call

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Written by ccindiananews

June 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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