Early this week, I re-read Frank Dimmock’s most recent letter to the church. Frank’s father Rev. Albert Dimmock served as the pastor of West Raleigh from 1963-1976. Frank spent over 30 years as a PCUSA mission co-worker, working in public health throughout southern Africa. After a short stint with the PCUSA World Mission staff in Louisville, Kentucky, Frank has recently accepted a position with The Outreach Foundation, where he will continue his life-long work in southern Africa. In the personal note at the end of the letter, Frank writes, “I have many fond memories of growing up at WRPC…” .
Andrew McKnight is also a child of West Raleigh. Andrew and his brother, Neil, are the adult sons of Sam and Carol Lynn McKnight. Both “boys” spoke at Carol Lynn’s funeral service at West Raleigh almost one year ago. Andrew is the founder and executive director of the Challenge Program, a Delaware based non-profit that provides vocational training in carpentry and construction to at-risk youth. Andrew works with some of the toughest young people in the region to build beautiful pieces of furniture that can be found in the fanciest restaurants and law firms in Philadelphia. They even made a stunning mahogany bench for the University of Pennsylvania. Its three sections were steam-bent to curve around a campus courtyard.
Amy Simes began attending West Raleigh through Presbyterian Campus Ministry, so although she didn’t grow up in the church, she came of age here. She has recently been accepted to Union Theological Seminary’s Saturday program. Amanda Hill, who also found her way to West Raleigh through PCM will be examined to become a candidate for ministry on Saturday at the meeting of New Hope Presbytery. Leila Wright will spend next year as a Young Adult Volunteer in Scotland before beginning her seminary training. Seth Wynands is also discerning a call to ministry.
Friends, West Raleigh has a long history of shaping lives for service in every nook and cranny of the kingdom. These are just a few of the stories of how the lives of the children of this church have been shaped by a congregation that takes the Gospel seriously and nurtures a life of discipleship. As the (relatively) new pastor of West Raleigh and as a mother raising children in this congregation, I am grateful to be in service with you as we shape and are shaped by the next generation of disciples.
See you in church,