John's Views: Reflections on Brian Paff's departure from Laurelville
A time and season for everything…
for such a time as this…
These are phrases that we often hear and use at times of transition. When Brian and Maria Paff agreed to come and share their gifts with Laurelville three years ago, I am sure they did so with a great deal of faith and even some wonder for this season of their lives. Now, at this time in their lives, they have been called back to Chicago as Brian assumes his new role in the marketing & communications department at North Park University. NPU will be blessed to have Brian as part of their staff.
In times like these, there are always mixed emotions of happiness and sadness. I told Brian that his departure will be a loss for Laurelville, which saddens me, but I am happy for them as they transition to another stage in their lives. In times like these, I choose take off my “Laurelville hat” and put on my “parent hat” and encourage them, as I would with my own children, to embrace the opportunities that come their way for such a time as this.
Brian will be missed as he has created and grown the communications/marketing piece of Laurelville that had not been there previously. His careful work will be carried forth and be very beneficial to the next person who moves into this role.
Brian and Maria, we will miss you and at the same time we wish you well as you continue to follow God’s leading and direction in your lives. You have served Laurelville well professionally and you have been an important part of our campus community life. God be with you as you continue to serve God and others. May God bless you and keep you and may God’s face shine upon you as you go.
John Denlinger is executive director at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, a role in which he has served since 2009. Previously, he was the pastor at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Gordonville, Pa. He is a regular contributor to the Views column that runs as part of Breezes, Laurelville's free monthly e-zine.