By Kate Darnell, News writer
After almost 15 years serving as pastor of Cynthiana Baptist Church, Rev. Wayne Spivey has resigned.
Spivey announced his resignation during the church service on Sunday, Nov. 16, at which point he told the congregation the decision to leave had been tough.
“Without a doubt, this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life,” said Spivey in his resignation letter, adding the decision had been God’s and not his.
“It was a shock to all of us, of course,” said Joe Lee Judy, who serves as chairman of the 15 deacons of the church. “The Lord just called him somewhere else and we understand that.”
Spivey will be relocating to Harrodsburg, where he will be pastoring at Harrodsburg Baptist Church.
“If God’s calling me away, I have to go,” said Spivey.
Spivey said his resignation was not due to any conflict within the church.
“These people are my family,” said Spivey, who had planned on retiring in the community along with his wife Cyndi.
Spivey said it was through prayer and meditation that he was able to realize God was calling him elsewhere.
With a million dollars raised for a new Cynthiana Baptist Church facility, Spivey said he would be leaving the congregation before he could preach in the new building he had been involved in planning.
“I wanted to be the pastor to see that,” said Spivey.
Instead, an interim pastor will replace Spivey until a pastoral search committee is formed, and a new pastor found.
“He’s a lucky man,” said Spivey about his replacement, “because this is a great church.”
Spivey’s last day on the job will be Dec. 31, and his new day at Harrodsburg Baptist will be Jan. 18.
“I owe it to Cynthiana Baptist to stay for the holidays,” said Spivey. “I am excited about spending our last Christmas Eve at Cynthiana Baptist.”
The Christmas Eve service at the church was introduced by Spivey. While it’s a special service every year, Spivey said this year it would hold even more meaning for him.
“There’s something special about your first pastorate,” said Spivey. “I only want the best for Cynthiana Baptist.”
“This church has grown since he’s been the pastor,” Judy said. “We’re going to miss him, but there’s someone else out there the Lord’s going to bring to us.”