2021 started out well. Jeff announced he would be stepping down as the pastor of Trinity UMC at the end of June. He called the decision “semi-retirement” hoping to spend more time with family and continue to teach part-time at Bethel University. Cathy got a good report from the MRI one year after the surgery to remove a tumor in her brain. Unfortunately, around the same time Jeff’s mother was diagnosed with glioblastoma (a highly-invasive malignant brain tumor) and in February was given six weeks to live.
As we settled into the quiet of the Tyner countryside, we welcomed the opportunity to walk on dirt roads with the deer, wild turkeys, and cattle in the morning. It was good for our souls and our bodies! We began to transition from a more hectic pace of life into one with more balance.