Indebted to our past, obligated to our future

Rev. Greg Hurley, District Superintendent

Dear WV/WMD Ministers,

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I am truly humbled and honored to have been recently elected to serve as District Superintendent of the WV/Western Maryland district. Thank you for the vote of confidence.

In these dangerous and perilous times we are confronted with an enormous task. We must never ignore, neglect or forget the path that led us to where we are today while keeping our eyes on the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.

Our district and my life has been richly blessed with a Godly heritage. As an independent pastor for many years, my late Father made the wise decision in the mid 1980’s to join the UPCI. This choice proved to make a dynamic impact on my life.

I can sincerely say, had it not been for the church camps, youth conventions, rallies and the countless friendships I have made, I would not be who I am or where I am today. I am thankful for the Godly leaders I have had the privilege to be surrounded by - men that spoke words of truth, encouragement and prophecy into my life. Men that unselfishly led by example, ever steady and never wavering. Men that prayerfully and carefully stayed the course in the face of opposition and compromise. Former Superintendents in my lifetime like... The late Greene Kitchen, Norman Mills, Dan Garlitz, Edwin Harper and the late David Hudson. To these great men of God, I humbly and respectfully say thank you! We are eternally indebted to the pioneers of truth that have paved the path which we are so privileged and blessed to trod. We truly dwell in houses we did not build, feast from vineyards we didn't plant, walk trails we did not blaze, and enjoy benefits we did not suffer for.

My pledge to this great district is that for as long as I am privileged to serve you, I will never waver or depart from the message that has been entrusted to me as a leader. Sound doctrine, holiness, and separation from the world are all vital elements to who we are, where we are, and where we will go as a district. In a world of moral decay, our Apostolic heritage and identity must, without exception, be preserved and protected not renovated or reconstructed. The wise man of Proverbs penned these powerful words in chapter 22 verse 28... “Remove not the ancient land-mark which thy fathers have set.”

While we are indeed indebted to our past we must understand that we are equally obligated to our future. We cannot afford to let go, let down, falter or fail while we press forward with vision and purpose. Yes, we have been richly blessed to walk in “Glory days” but I am convinced we have yet to see our “greatest days!” The most critical moment in a relay race is not the runner who starts the quickest at the beginning. It’s not he who navigates the twist and turns of the course with the greatest precision. It’s not even the one who maintains the greatest stamina during the steep inclines or the long stretches. While all of this is significant in its place, the most critical moment is when the relay baton is transferred from one hand to the other. It is at that moment the race can be won or it can be lost.

As we move forward let us firmly grip what those before us have carefully passed into our hands. As Eleazar’s hand clave to the sword, let our hand grip firmly what has been entrusted into our care.

In His Service,
Bro. Greg Hurley
WV/WMD District Superintendent