The Rev. Kurt Hutchens, who has been the senior pastor at Pinckney’s Shalom Lutheran Church for the past 21 years, told the congregation this morning that he’s leaving his post in April.
In a tearful and emotional announcement, Hutchens told the congregation that his last Sunday at Shalom will be April 19.
“After much prayer, discerning conversation with my kids and with Shalom’s leadership, I feel the Holy Spirit is nudging me to the next chapter of my life,” Hutchens said. “I am excited about what is to come, but at the same time, I am deeply saddened to say goodbye to people that I love so much.”
Hutchens said that he’ll be looking for new challenges and ministries, and will continue his work with the Lasting Smiles Uganda USA project, which has taken him to Africa on mission trips several times.
Hutchens has been at Shalom since 1999, and has helped Shalom grow to become one of the largest churches in the area. Among other things, he helped the facility grow and oversaw the establishment of Light of the World Academy, a Christian Montessori school that opened in 2002.
He’s also been heavily involved in the community, including serving on the Pinckney Board of Education. Hutchens said that he’ll continue to live in the area to remain close to his four children and new grandchild.
You can see Pastor Kurt Hutchens’ announcement to the congregation below: