My Dearest Church Family:
Shortly after we began our ministry at FBC on October 28, 2001, I voiced a prayer asking God to give us the opportunity to preach the truth, shepherd the flock, and ultimately be able to complete our full-time pastoral ministry calling in Midwest City.
It appears that prayer is being answered, as this morning, I am officially announcing my retirement from full-time pastoral ministry, effective February 1, 2019. Today also marks the completion of my 17th year as the senior pastor of FBC Midwest City and the completion of forty-three years as a Southern Baptist pastor.
This fellowship truly became our church family and Midwest City became our home.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the ministerial staff and support staff for their teamwork, fellowship, and friendship; I am grateful to God for the blessing of serving with Bro. Jimmie, Bro Terry, and now, Bro. Reece and for the partnership and invaluable help of my wonderful assistant, Janet Atterbury and other valuable support staff, both current and former. I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the entire deacon body and to the chairmen with whom I was blessed to serve.
In closing, while I will be retiring soon from full-time pastoral ministry, I am not retiring from the ministry. Wherever God leads, we’ll go; whatever He leads us to do, we’ll do.
Let’s covenant to pray for each other as we all will begin a new chapter in God’s Kingdom ministry. My feelings for you are similar to the ones Paul expressed when he wrote to his favorite church in Philippians 1:4-6 – I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
You are loved!
Dr. Mike Tignor
PS: I want to publicly express my deep love and heartfelt gratitude to Johnnie Kay, without whom I would not have completed one year of pastoral ministry, let alone forty-three. She has been the consummate Christian woman and ministry partner in six different churches; she humbly thanked God when ministry times were very good and courageously trusted Him during the few instances when ministry times were very difficult. Lastly, I am so thankful for the love and support of Brent and Grant, who broke the stereotypical mold of “preacher’s kids” and became men for whom we are both very thankful and proud.