Resignation of Harold Dalton as Assistant Director
And . . . Appointment as a Short Term Missionary
After much prayer and consideration, including consultation with Bishop Gardner, I believe it is time to resign as Assistant Director of World Missions. I have been blessed to serve in this position and am profoundly grateful to the Lord and this Church.
In particular, I am grateful to Bishop Gardner, the WMMD Council, the Leadership Team and the missionary family for the honor it has been to serve. I have served with six Executive Directors; B. E. Underwood, R. L. Rex, Jesse Simmons, Donald Duncan, Doug Beacham and Talmadge Gardner and as Assistant Director with three of these, Jesse Simmons, Doug Beacham and Talmadge Gardner.
Bishop Gardner has been most gracious and encouraging. I deeply appreciate his counsel.
I would like to spend the next season of my life in preaching and teaching in various places around the world, an area of ministry I have always enjoyed very much. Several doors are open as soon as arrangements can be made.
My wife, Anna, plans to teach one more year at her present position. After that she will retire from public school teaching and join me on as many of these ministry trips as feasible.
After years of teaching on fund raising, now is time to personally put it into practice.
The exact date of the resignation will be determined in consultation with Bishop Gardner and GMC Human Resources.
A passage the Lord has impressed on my heart lately is:
Psalm 92:10, "…I have been anointed with fresh oil…12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be fresh and flourishing."
[Editor's comment: Here is what I wrote Harold Dalton when I received this news yesterday: "You have served our church with honor and distinction, and you have made a lasting mark not only in the IPHC but in the Body of Christ worldwide."