By Johnny Pierce

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 23, 2019

A few years ago we rebranded the products and services of Baptists Today publishing ministry to become Nurturing Faith. This includes our news journal, Bible studies, books and small-group travel experiences.

It is a name that expresses well our purpose — and, fortunately, it has stuck.

For the past 19 years our family of four has been nurtured in faith again and again by our church family. In April we will move from Macon with much gratitude for the shaping influence and loving relationships we’ve experienced at Highland Hills.

Meredith, who is now 25 and lives in Atlanta, was 6 years old when we moved here. And Abigail, now a junior at UGA, was just a year and a half old. We couldn’t have asked for a more nurturing place for them to learn and grow in faith.

Their baptisms, which I was graciously allowed to conduct, will always linger in my memory. And the wonderful ministry and missions experiences through preschool, children and youth eras were impactful.

This congregation has been supportive of us through each rite of passage including the deaths of my parents and two brothers over the years. In joy and sorrow, we could count on our church family.

Often my ministry tasks have taken me away from active church participation for long periods of time — with extended interim pastorates as well as routine opportunities to be in other churches. However, returning to Highland Hills always felt like going home.

With the girls grown and gone, and Teresa joining the physical therapy faculty at a medical school northeast of Atlanta, we are leaving Macon. But we do so with much gratitude for this caring, loving, nurturing community of faith.