It is with great sadness that we announce Cathy De Witt’s resignation from her role as Pastor of Care and Prayer at NewHope.
Nearly 20 years ago I embarked on a ministry career that I never saw coming. One that I did not plan towards. But as I look back – God had it in His plan long before I did.
Starting as the leader of the playgroup ministry, those years with a wonderful team of volunteers grew this ministry rapidly from 3 to 10 weekly playgroups. My passion was to equip and inspire our leaders in growing deeper in their walk with Christ and sharing His love with every family. This moved to expanding and introducing mainly music.
From there I moved into the Pastor of Families role. This was a wonderful and stretching time. I treasured my involvement with Kids, Youth and Young Adults. My love for encouraging leaders in a deeper walk with and passion for the Lord through the filling of His Spirit continued to inspire my choices and interactions. I absolutely loved being part of the Management Team and the opportunities that bought me.
This last season has seen me in the role of Pastor of Care and Prayer where I have invested myself deeply in the ministry opportunities involved and have delighted to be a part of what I see as the continuation of the powerful move of the Holy Spirit in our church. I have been so privileged to sit with individuals over hundreds of coffees listening, encouraging, ministering and praying, many in their worst days or hardest seasons. It has shown me never to look at hardships or brokenness on face value but to look expectantly together at what the creator of the universe, the prince of peace, the healer of our hearts is doing. I have been amazed over and over and over again at His goodness.
I have wrestled back and forth with my next step. I have come to the point where I feel it is time to end my role at NewHope on staff. This has not been a light or easy decision. I will conclude at the end of 2022.
My heart for our church is that we will be so open to God moving in power and that we would be a people hungry for more of His presence above all else.
Steve and I plan to continue to worship and be engaged in ministry at NewHope – this is our faith family. I love prayer ministry and plan to continue to invest deeply there.
This will not be easy stepping away. But I choose to be obedient to what God has made clear.
I must acknowledge my many colleagues and volunteers who have been part of my journey and my amazing husband, kids and parents who have supported and at times sacrificed to allow me to do what I have done for nearly 20 years.
Thank you, Cathy, for your incredible Kingdom work over so many years! We celebrate your gifting, faithfulness and all the love you have poured out over so many people and ministries here at NewHope. We thank God for you and pray his richest blessings over your next steps with Him.
Cathy will continue for the remainder of the year and there’ll be lots of opportunities to express our thanks as a church family over the next few months.