Update on Rick Mailloux

Posted on July 28, 2015

Update on Rick Mailloux

November 1, 2015

On Sunday, November 1, Pastor Rick Mailloux announced his resignation (watch or listen online) as Lead Pastor of Pequea Church effective February 28, 2016. In light of that announcement, Bishop Bryan Hoke has written a letter to Pequea Church which we have included below.

Letter to the Pequea Brethren In Christ Church,

Greetings in the name of Jesus. I write to you as a congregation today as a follow up to the announcement that Pastor Rick has made this morning regarding his resignation.
I want to begin by thanking Rick for his service to this congregation and community. He has been used greatly by God during his time here. Both he and Bonnie have a great love for Jesus, his church, and you all in this local congregation. In many ways that is why this decision has been made.

Part of my work as the Bishop is to serve the pastors of our conference. Rick, Bonnie and I have had opportunity to meet together a number of times over my time as Bishop and during those meetings Rick’s ongoing ministry here was discussed. As he has shared, through prayer and consultation with others, Rick and Bonnie believe that it is in the best interest of both the church and also themselves that he resign and that the church seek the next person who can lead Pequea into the future. I support them in that decision and ask for your prayers both for them personally and for the church in the coming months. In accordance with his resignation, Rick’s last Sunday at Pequea will be February 28, 2016.

During times of lead pastoral transitions, our system brings the conference Bishop into the mix of how we move forward to find the next pastor of the church. I will be working with your church board to form a search committee which will then seek to find the next pastor of Pequea. As Bishop, I will help to facilitate the process and will contact potential candidates as they become available. Ultimately, the search committee, in consultation with myself, will discern God’s direction for the next pastor of the church and invite that person to become the next Senior Pastor of Pequea. The Church Board and I plan to meet together on November 10 to begin this process. As we develop a timeline of how we hope to move forward, someone from the Church Board will regularly update the congregation on what is taking place. If you have questions, they can be directed to a member of the Church Board.

Although times of transition can be unsettling, they also can be full of opportunity. I am grateful for how God has used Rick and all of you to impact this community for his Kingdom purposes. I have great confidence that God will continue to do so in the days ahead.

Grateful to serve alongside you,
Bryan O. Hoke, Bishop, Atlantic Conference of the Brethren In Christ Church


Pequea Church Board of Directors:

Phil Gale
Barb Crews
James Fisher
Jonathan Hess
Dawn Hess
Jeff Kile
Linda Lewis, Treasurer
Art Miller
Chris Peris

October 11, 2015

The following letter was read to the congregation by Dr. Phil Gale.

I would like to take this opportunity to update everyone on the status of our Lead Pastor Rick Mailloux. As many of you are aware, Pastor Rick had a pace maker inserted in late July because of heart issues that he was experiencing. In the past few months, Pastor Rick has been recovering from surgery and gaining strength. Both Rick and his wife, Bonnie, are very grateful for the love and support that Pequea Church has extended to them through cards, emails, and prayers. They have felt the love of Christ through you and ask that you continue to support them. We, the Church Board, would like to thank you for your care of Pastor Rick and Bonnie during the medical leave and the rest of the pastors and staff of Pequea.

Immediately following his surgery, representatives of the Church Board met with Pastor Rick and encouraged him to take the necessary time to heal physically from the heart procedure and gain the strength that is needed to lead to our congregation and not be concerned with the day-to-day operations of the church. While Pastor Rick is on the road to recovery, we feel it is important for him to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually strong before returning to his ministry responsibilities here at Pequea Church.

For this reason, the Church Board has arranged for Pastor Rick to remain on leave until the end of November and to return to the office at the beginning of December. During the months of October and November, our pastors and other staff will be continuing to direct the church. Although he will not be in the office, Pastor Rick will be developing a plan to move Pequea Church to the next steps of how we can be church with “clean hearts and dirty hands”.

The church board firmly believes that Pequea Church has been through a refining process and is now entering a time of when God will be using each individual of the church to make a great impact for Him. So we feel it is important that Pastor Rick take this time to pray, process, and plan for the future of Pequea Church.

The church board is asking everyone to do the following:

  • Prayerfully support Pastor Rick as he communes with God during this planning time.
  • Prayerfully support Pastor Carl, Pastor Dawn, Pastor Daleen and the other staff members of the church as they carry on the events of the church.
  • Prayerfully consider what your part will be in the future of Pequea Church and how God will use you as we make an impact for Him.
  • Continue to be united and work together for the health and strength and outreach of the church during this period of time. We ask that you
  • Continue to attend, give and serve faithfully during this season of planning and preparation for great days ahead for Pequea Church.

May we all make our selves available to God for His work.

The following letter was read after the statement from the Church Board on Sunday October 11, 2015 from Pastor, Rick Mailloux

Dear Pequea Church,
Thank you so much for your expressed love, concern, prayers, cards, and graciousness over the past several months. I have appreciated the medical leave for physical recuperation and I am feeling stronger as the days go by. The doctors say I am doing well for which I am grateful.

As you heard, the Church Board has granted me additional leave through November with returning to the office December 1st. While I am doing well in my healing process, I am looking forward to having the additional time as a ministry sabbatical. A “leave” or “sabbatical” is promoted by the Brethren in Christ church for lead pastors occasionally. A typical ministry sabbatical is 3-4 months. It’s intended to be a time of reflection and evaluation on the past and present, a time to renew focus and vision for the future, and to recharge the body, mind, and spirit. Particularly in the last year I have felt a need for a sabbatical for my health’s sake and for continued strong service at Pequea. I deeply appreciate the Church Board’s sensitivity to my needs as well as to the needs of the congregation. I also appreciate our gifted staff for their understanding and willingness to carry additional responsibilities in my absence.

As I said, I am doing well and look forward in the next two months to prayerfully considering the vision of Pequea and developing a “road map” of specific goals and directives for the next two years and beyond for our church. It will also give me a chance to continue to build stamina and will allow me to return to you in December fully recovered and serving you at my best.

In the meantime, I continue to be aware of the happenings of the church. I listen to all the sermons and have given directions for the November sermon series.

Bonnie and I think of you often and pray for you. We miss you and look forward to returning to you soon as worshipers and followers of Jesus Christ.
Thanks again for your love, patience, and prayers. May we continue to grow together in the love of Christ and in the unity of the Spirit.

Please continue to pray for me.
Pastor Rick

August 16, 2015

The following letter was read to the congregation on Sunday, August 16, 2015 by Dr. Phil Gale.

To my brothers and sisters at Pequea Church:

I wanted to personally update you on what has transpired in my life over the last several weeks. On July 26, after the second service, I experienced severe shortness of breath after going up some stairs. This, along with some tightness in my chest, led me to the emergency room at Lancaster General Hospital and subsequently I was admitted.

My heart rate was abnormally low, a condition they called bradycardia. On Monday, July 27th, I had a procedure called a heart catheterization to help determine the cause of this condition. The “Heart Cath,” as they call it, did not reveal any blockages in my coronary arteries. While I was grateful for this news, it meant that I needed to have a pacemaker inserted to ensure that my heart rate would return to – and stay at – a normal level. The pacemaker was inserted on Tuesday afternoon July 28th, and I was released from the hospital later that day. Since then I have been recovering at home. Bonnie and I were blessed to have all of our immediate family come home to be with us that first weekend. They cared for us so well.

The doctors told me that, while I have some restrictions that will last up to 6 weeks, I can expect a full recovery and can look forward to leading a normal lifestyle. For all of this I am deeply grateful to our Lord, and for all of you who have prayed for me and expressed your support one way or another.

Likely you have already heard that I will be out of the office until October 1st. The Church Board has graciously granted to me a six-week sabbatical starting August 18th. The purpose of this sabbatical is to enable me to rest and recharge as well as to do some planning for the future. True to the nature of a sabbatical, I do not plan to attend church related activities until October. Bonnie and I will be with you in spirit, keeping you in our prayers.

Meanwhile, I entreat you to stay together, follow our excellent staff, and to make every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit has already created, with peace binding you together (See Ephesians 4:1-3). This is an opportunity before our God to not only stay together, but to also stay focused on the mission God has called us to as a church – as followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you starting the week of October 1st. With many thanks to God, and for all of you,

Pastor Rick

August 6, 2015

Pastor Rick Mailloux came home from the hospital on July 28 after having a pacemaker installed to stabilize his heart rate. Rick continues to rest and recover from his procedure. This week he’ll take a vacation that was previously scheduled, followed by a board-approved sabbatical through September 30. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes for Rick and Bonnie during this time.

We will continue to inform the congregation via this page on his progress and plans as they develop. This Sunday (August 9), Pastor Dawn Groff will begin our new series, “Worship: All the Time.” Next week, Walter Kondratowski, Worship Director, will bring us a message titled, “Work as Worship.”

July 29, 2015

Dear Pequea Church Family,

Pastor Rick came home from the hospital Tuesday evening (7/28). He has a pacemaker that is stabilizing his heart rate. Rick is under driving restrictions for up to ten days, and continues to recover from his procedure; thus he will not be in church this Sunday. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes for Rick and Bonnie during this time.

We will continue to inform the congregation on his progress and plans as they develop. Dr. Phil Gale, assistant chair for the church board, will preach this Sunday (Aug. 2), as had been previously scheduled  Phil will conclude our ReBuild series with a message titled, “The Leader in Me.” Pastor Dawn Groff will be starting a new series on worship on Sunday, August 9.

-Carl Shank
Executive Pastor

July 28, 2015

Dear Pequea Church Family,

Please keep Pastor Rick Mailloux in your prayers. He was admitted to LGH on Sunday evening (July 26) because of a low heart rate. He will be getting a pacemaker today (July 28) and is expected to be discharged later today. Pray for complete healing for Pastor Rick.

Please check this page for future updates.

15 Responses to “Update on Rick Mailloux”

  1. Delaine Peris
    Jul 28, 2015

    Praying for complete healing and peace for you and Bonnie and family. We love you Pastor Rick!

  2. Ellen Long
    Jul 28, 2015

    Pastor Rick, you are in the Long family prayers.

  3. Clyde and Joyce
    Jul 28, 2015

    Our prayers are with you and Bonnie for peace and healing. May you feel God’s healing touch and care surrounding you. Thanks for the great service on Sunday. Your words were inspiring!! God bless you real good!!

  4. James and Dori Fisher
    Jul 28, 2015

    Wow, bet you are glad that you did not preach for six hours like you referred to in your message on Sunday!! Seriously, our prayers are with you and Bonnie as you go through this week. Praying for healing and patience while you recuperate. Also, remember that you are loved by many people and a Great God!!

  5. Hedy and Earl Houghton
    Jul 28, 2015

    We will keep you in our prayers for peace and complete healing. We love you, God is in control

  6. Caitlin and Sam Reed
    Jul 28, 2015

    Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.Also for you Pastor Rick and Bonnie during this eventful time. May God provide comfort and strength.

  7. Carole Walsh
    Jul 29, 2015

    Pastor Rick – I’m Kristin Kondratowski’s Mom. She send me word about praying for you. Praying and believing God for your total and complete healing! I have been into alternative health options for the last few years. There is a great book I highly recommend and would be happy to send it to you if you will read it. The Cholesterol Hoax by Dr Sherry Rogers. She is a mover and shaker in alternative health. No nonsense natural approaches. Worked for me!

    You are where God is doing mighty things! We want you right in the center of where God put you. Exodus 1:12 says the more negative things happened to them, the more they GREW! Nothing will keep this good man down! God bless. Remember how much these people at your church love you!

  8. Troy and Deb Herr
    Jul 29, 2015

    Praying for you, your recovery and your family. Our God is Good, and He loves you all so very much. And so does your church family.

  9. Missy & Kevin Shertz
    Jul 29, 2015

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time of recovery.


  10. Dawn Wade
    Aug 06, 2015

    Continued Prayers for complete healing!

  11. Bonnie Yowler
    Aug 26, 2015

    Dear Pastor Rick and Bonnie,

    You are missed very much and we look forward to your return.
    From our mouths to God’s ears to your hearts. He is so good!


  12. Clyde and Joyce
    Aug 30, 2015

    Missing you, Prayers for a complete recovery.
    Clyde and Joyce

  13. RonWright
    Sep 22, 2015

    Pastor Rick, I’m the young kid you worked with a magic mountain oasis cafe. I add to the prayers of the Saints, God has you in His hands. You have so many who love you, I just wanted to say thanks for praying for me all those years…I’ll share the rest when I talk to you. Blessings Ron Wright

  14. Glenn & Joyce Ginder
    Oct 18, 2015

    Shalom! Rick & Bonnie, We are not sure how we, here in Smithville, TX, got an e-mail note from the church but will consider it another one of God’s serendipities! With wonderful memories of our years together in ministry, we wish you well at Pequea and pray for God’s touch in full recovery and your continued grace filled ministry. We are well – even surviving the nearby devastating forest fires.

    Glenn & Joyce

  15. Lonnie
    Oct 19, 2015

    Hope your recovery is coming along fine. We miss you at church. I keep praying for you every evening before I fall asleep. Sophie my dog is doing well. She has relaxed at my home and has gotten to love me. Getting their trust and love is the key.

    I am out at church a lot right now as I help out with Grief Share. I can not believe I have been doing this for eleven years. It gives me such joy to watch the growth of these people as they walk thru this 13 week series.

    Take care.

    Lonnie Long

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