Resignation Letter

Dear Hayward Wesleyan Church Family,

“There is a time for everything. . .”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

After much prayerful consideration and reflection, I’ve come to the
conclusion that it is time for Hayward Wesleyan Church to have a new senior pastor.   My last Sunday will be March 12.

Serving you for the past 25 years has been truly rewarding.  Like the Apostle Paul, I love you dearly and consider you “my joy and my crown” (Philippians 4:1).

However, Hayward Wesleyan Church is in a new season that requires fresh leadership beyond my energy and capacity.  My recent break brought clarification to me regarding this.   If I continue on as your senior pastor, neither the church nor I will flourish.  Something new needs to happen for all of us.  My prayer is that with a new leader at the helm, Hayward Wesleyan Church will be in a much better place to grow in the future, reach the rising generation, multiply disciples, and impact this community for Christ.

My own personal calling for the next chapter of life was also clarified.   God wires us all uniquely for a special purpose.  I am responsible to be the best version of who He created me to be, and feel I must serve in another capacity for that vision to be fully realized.  For me, this possibly means pursuing a broader ministry where I can focus on my gifts of writing, teaching, and public speaking as well as my passion to to train, equip and encourage pastors.

Hayward Wesleyan Church is, by far, the best faith community Cathy and I have ever experienced.   We’ve witnessed many amazing things down through the years, as we tried to join Jesus in His work here in Hayward.  You have loved our family well, and we’ve made many beautiful memories.  Thank you for sharing your life with us.  What a blessing it has been!

God has wonderful plans for this great church, as you continue to represent the Savior to our community and the world.  You will always hold a very special place in my heart.


Mark O. Wilson