Goodbye with Thanks

Firstly, I want to thank God for bringing me to Crossgate. Like many others, I came here hesitantly. As a young man who could trace his Baptist roots into the 18th century, I entered every non-Baptist church with caution, and Crossgate was not an exception. However, the cautious wall was no match against the warm heart of Crossgate. Quickly, Crossgate began to feel like a home, made this Baptist wonder what he had been missing for so many years, and put the hesitant heart at ease. At Crossgate, God began to show me how a church is supposed to be, how a church can be a beacon of light and unity while standing firm on the Word of God, on the Cornerstone, the Stone of Stumbling. At Crossgate, God taught me the importance of the preaching of His Word, the administering of the sacraments, and church discipline. God has shown me the density of His Word and to never take it for granted, recognizing its immeasurable depth. He has shown me that the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is more than just a symbol but that it is nourishing to the soul, that it is something that should be done regularly. Finally, God has shown me the importance of church discipline, something that I did not see growing up and can thank our church for greatly. I have seen that pursuing after knowledge, righteousness, and holiness is something that must be done as a body, under the leadership of elders and the ultimate leadership of Christ. I have seen the joy that comes from piety. I thank God for these lessons and the many more that He used Crossgate Church to teach me.

Secondly, I want to thank you, elders, deacons, and laymen, for submitting to the triune God and His communication through Scripture, seeking to believe what we are to believe concerning God and to do the duty He requires of us. In this church, I have seen exemplified the call of the Gospel: repent and believe. In many churches, one of those is treated as more important than the other. Some bodies only talk about believing with no real out working of that belief into repentance. Some bodies only talk about repentance, hammering in works with no hope. However, at Crossgate, I have seen a God-honoring balance, that faith is to work out into repentance of the hands, heart, and head. Thank you for being a church of truth, seeking to honor God in all facets of life, in thought, word, and deed.

Thirdly, I want to thank you for letting me serve the youth. I know that I have been far from perfect, and I can look at many times where I could have done better. In spite of this, you let me serve, recognizing that God can use a crooked stick to strike straight. Thank you for this opportunity. I have enjoyed it greatly.

Finally, I want to now discuss my departure. Starting in August, Amaris and I will no longer be attending Crossgate. In order to care for my family, which will, Lord willing, be growing soon, we will be moving to Duncan, South Carolina, where I have received a job to teach science in a public school starting this Fall. We have found a church called Antioch Presbyterian Church (PCA), which we will be attending, but Crossgate will always have a special place in our hearts, recognizing it as such a formative time in our lives.
In Christ, 
Lucas McKown

8 Responses to “Goodbye with Thanks”

  1. KATHY & FRED KUHMAN says:

    Dear Lucas and Amaris,
    What a blessing it has been to get to know you both and to watch God bring you together in love for Him and for each other.
    You have truly been a blessing to the CG youth and to me personally as I have watched you share your faith and grow in your faith since you have been with us.
    We love you both and promise our prayer support as you begin your job and grow your family.
    Please keep in touch.
    Love and Hugs,
    Kathy and Fred

    • Lucas McKown says:

      It’s been such a blessing for us to get to know you guys as well! Thank you for your prayers! We love you guys!

  2. Ellen Bell says:

    Thank you so much for all you have done with our youth. We will miss you, Lucas, but I know God has plans to use you as you move forward

    God Bless!
    Ellen (and Bob)

  3. Sharon Stone says:

    Thank you so much for your teaching and guidance to our youth.
    Praying for you and Amaris as you begin your new journey.
    God Bless,
    Lamar and Sharon Stone

  4. Danielle Valdez says:


    We have watched you grow into an incredible man and are so grateful for all you have contributed to our church body. God be with you and Amaris.

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