April 25, 2013
Dear Covenant Seminary faculty, staff, and students,
With personal sadness, yet with comfort in God’s sovereign will, I write to inform you that Dr. Mike Honeycutt has accepted a call to return to pastoral ministry in South Carolina in mid-July.
Mike has become a dear friend and colleague over the past five years since coming to serve as associate professor of historical and practical theology at Covenant Seminary. He has served the Seminary well as an outstanding pastor-scholar. Mike’s curricular and co-curricular ministry to our students has been exemplary. He has co-labored with fellow faculty with faithfulness. His service to the Seminary community as a member of the presidential search committee has been distinctive. Mike’s personal and pastoral counsel and encouragement to me this past year as I have served as interim president has been extremely helpful. Indeed, the same pastoral heart and calling that have benefited us at Covenant these past five years have led him back into pastoral ministry in the local church.
Here are Mike’s own words regarding this decision:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
God is full of surprises, and I am constantly amazed at the way he directs and redirects my steps. As a real estate developer in South Carolina, I never thought that God would move me away from such a beautiful place. And once Judy and I left there to come here to Covenant to study (many years ago), I never thought that God would give us the opportunity to return. But he has.
About a year ago, Judy and I started sensing that God might have one more church for us before we retire. Soon afterwards, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina, contacted me and asked if I would consider succeeding Shelton Sanford, the long-term senior pastor there. After numerous conversations, many trips, much laughter and not a few tears, Judy and I have decided that this is the call of God on our lives for our final (hopefully) hurrah in ministry.
When we moved to St. Louis so that I could become associate professor of historical and practical theology at Covenant, I assumed that this would be where I would finish my ministry. But, beginning July 15 of this year (pending final presbytery approval on April 27), I will be in South Carolina returning to pastoral ministry.
Please know that there is no backstory here other than my desire to follow where I believe the Lord is leading me. I love Covenant Seminary—the students, the staff, and the faculty—there could not possibly be a better place on earth to serve our King. My time here has been one of the great blessings of my life, and I intend to remain deeply connected. I will leave here with nothing but thanksgiving for the opportunity to have been a part of such a wonderful institution.
With the deepest affection for all of you,
We desire God’s will and blessing for Mike more than our own joy in his remaining with us. In that spirit, we send Mike off with great hope for the progress of the gospel in his life and the lives of those he will serve. We pray God’s blessing on Mike and his wife, Judy, as they finish well here and start well in South Carolina.