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Brushy Creek Baptist Church's longtime pastor announces retirement

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TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A longstanding Upstate pastor has announced his retirement from the pulpit.

Brushy Creek Baptist Church posted on Facebook Sunday that Dr. Ralph Carter has announced his retirement during Sunday services at the church in Taylors.

Below is the church’s post:

Oh how we love this man and his wife Regina! Here's a bit of what he said this morning at the pulpit. "I can’t begin to thank the sweet people of Brushy Creek Baptist Church enough for the 25 years you have allowed me to be your pastor. You have become nothing short of family to me and Regina, and we love you more than you will ever know. I could not have been pastor of a more loving, giving people. Selfishly, I would like to remain your pastor for years to come. But after nearly 25 years at your pulpit, and more than a year of prayer, I recognize the time has come to turn the reigns of leadership over to another. I don't know who that person is, but I'm praying for them. God has his hand on someone who will lead our church into its next chapter.

In the coming days, I'll outline the church's process of searching for this person. I hope you'll see this as a time of praise and happiness, not of sadness. I'm reminded of a verse from Job that says, "The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away." The Lord has given us 25 great years at Brushy Creek. The future of Brushy Creek has never been brighter. There is a sense of renewal that has swept through our congregation of late and I don’t believe we’ve ever been healthier. It makes me want to stay in one way, but the best time to leave is when people are wanting you to stay just a little longer."

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