This past Sunday, Joey Swofford, elder at Round Rock Church of Christ for 13 years, stepped down in order to have more time to care for his ailing wife, Vicki. Joey writes, "We feel this is a good time to retire from this eldership role because of how strong the leadership team is at this place, right now. We are secure that the body here has strong leadership, guidance, & pastoring."
Joey said to us on Sunday, "We want to tell you that we have truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve this body. Our prayer is that we were helpful & brought hope & strength in some way to your walk with the Lord. We love you & appreciate the support given to us during this eldership period, even since the early 70’s being a part of this church. We are looking forward to the future here & continue serving with all of you for many more years. Let’s encourage each other to stay faithful & diligent for the Lord, & let’s put a full effort into advancing the kingdom."
Joey, a rock of faith and spring of wisdom, has been a stable, consistent voice among the elders, serving as a mentor to new elders and shepherding the church through numerous staff transitions.
Ray East, an elder, said of Joey, "Many of you might think of Joey as a man of few words. But actually, he just saves his words up. In our elder meetings, he likes to speak last, and once he gets going, Joey’s got a lot to say – and we guarantee you, it’s full of wisdom. And we all listen to every last word."
No words can adequately express our appreciation for the sacrifices Joey and Vicki have made to lead and love this church.
We'll all miss having Joey among our elders, but we praise God he'll continue on as a member of our body.
If you have a memory of Joey (or Vicki) or a word you'd like to share to honor him as his time as an elder comes to a close, we encourage you to send him a note or simply leave a comment on this blog post. We'll print out the comments and send them his way.