Dear Family and Friends,

It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I let you know I will be transitioning out of the Lead Pastor position of Living Hope by October 1, 2017.

About a year-and-a-half ago, as I was seeking the Lord for His continued vision for our church, I began to get the feeling He was leading us to make some changes to our staff. I began to think that we needed to bring on a young associate pastor to help reach our younger generations. However, it became more evident that I was the change!

So, what will happen next?

With the wisdom and guidance of our District Supervisor Dave Veach, our Church Council has agreed on the appointment of Josh Potts as our new Lead Pastor. Josh is currently serving as Middle School Youth Pastor at Living Word in Oak Harbor. Many of you know Josh from his guest speaking at our church. He has a beautiful wife, Ashley, and two wonderful kids, Ava and Joelle. Josh and I will serve as Co-Pastors fora  couple of months until my time comes to step down.

As for Sylvia and I...

Coupeville will continue to be our home, and Living Hope our church. Pastor Josh has asked Sylvia to remain Youth Pastor and continue serving the kids of our community. After taking a sabbatical, I will seek the Lord in what my next season of ministry will be. I want to continue to make myself available to His purposes because He is never done with us.

It has been an honor and privilege to shepherd this flock for the last twenty years. I never could have imagined this journey the Lord has taken me on, to be so incredibly filled with difficulty, joy and fulfillment... All at the same time! Sylvia and I have been blessed with an incredible church family, who has poured so much into our kids and us.

I have so much more to share with you in the next number of weeks. However, for now...

Thank you for extending grace toward us.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Thank you for your care through the difficult times.

Thank you for the joy in living life together.

Thank you!

In His unfailing love,

Pastor Garrett


We are excited to welcome the Potts family into our Living Hope family, and honored to serve under Pastor Josh's leadership.