The Francis Asbury Society

Presidential Transition for FAS

Posted on | May 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Presidential Transition for FAS

Message from Chair of the Board of Directors

Dear Friend and Supporter of FAS:

During the next year, the Francis Asbury Society will be experiencing a transition in presidential leadership.  Very simply, our President, Dr. Ron Smith, feels the Lord leading him to move to New Jersey in order to provide personal assistance to his aging parents in their time of need.  We honor Ron and his wife, Dorena, for making this significant commitment to Biblical family values.  While there, Ron plans to return to the pastorate in the New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church.   Current plans are that Ron will phase his transition to New Jersey over the next year, while continuing to serve as President of Francis Asbury Society through May 2014.

In the months ahead, the Board of Directors will be considering and developing plans for the Presidential leadership of the Francis Asbury Society.  In that regard, we solicit your continued and specific prayer support for our leadership transition and your financial support that enables our Society to promote an unwavering commitment for believers “…to live more to God today than yesterday, and to be more holy this hour than the last.” (Francis Asbury)

With warmest regards,

Charlie D. Fiskeaux
Chair, Board of Directors

Letter from President Ron Smith

To Our Worldwide FAS family,

Dorena, Laura, Katie and I want to thank you all for what you have done to make it possible for us to serve you in the Francis Asbury Society. I am humbled and honored to have served you recently as CEO. Through many tears and prayers with thanksgiving and supplication I have responded to God and my family by deciding it is time for me to move home to New Jersey in order to serve the Lord again as a pastor in the New Jersey Annual Conference and enjoy the privilege of living in close proximity to my parents and three siblings and their families.

In our fallen world, “wars and rumors of wars” seem to drive the paradigm of transitions, but I want to assure you that our decision came with great difficulty because of our love for FAS and the truth for which it stands. Moreover, the overwhelming love and financial support you have given makes my news to you a very painful thing. Dear friends, I have fondest gratitude for what you have done to make my life with you possible. We as a family want you to know we deeply appreciate your support. Our board, constituents, and staff have only handled us with great care and respect. Simply put, our move brings great sadness to us because we have been humbled and honored to serve, and we know we have been extended much grace and privilege. We thank you!

Through much prayer and discernment, I have decided God is leading my family to return home after twenty years of serving the Lord in what the United Methodists call “appointments beyond the local church.” My years of service in evangelism, mission, and theological education are a gift I bring as an offering to my own annual conference, having served locations where local pastors simply cannot. In that sense we have stood in certain gaps beyond local church experience in order to enhance the ministry call to “Word, Sacrament, and Order.” I am now responding to my home annual conference’s invitation to be the pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Turnersville, New Jersey. I rejoice to join a church staff that is resilient and gifted, and a church with a great evangelical history. Please pray for me as I seek to add our humble ‘loaves and fishes’ as an offering in service there.

It is a sacred joy to return home after two decades of absence to once again be in constant fellowship as son, brother, and uncle in my immediate family. I am humbled and honored to be home in my parents’ elder years, and this joy is God’s crowning glory of the new appointment.

I take this solemn privilege to assure you I am working closely, daily, and most diligently with Dr. Fiskeaux, the board, and our staff for my remaining year of service to ensure a most effective transition of excellence in the great future of the Francis Asbury Society. Time would not permit me to give accolades for all your current staff is doing in ministry. Much is happening that will translate into glorious and effective ministry in the weeks, months, and years to come. The addition of Stan and Katy Key, Jerry and Jan Coleman, Jason and Erin Owens, and Paul and Eiko Tashiro who join John Oswalt and the staff bodes well for an exciting transition in ministry.

Thank you for receiving this news prayerfully, with assurance God is leading. You have my on-going commitment as CEO in the year to come. We walk as Society members forever.

Ron Smith

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