Dear Church,

We are approaching a wonderful weekend in the Dyer home. There are a few things that we are celebrating in our lives. First, we will celebrate my graduation from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. After three and half years, I have finally finished my doctoral work and on Saturday, I will walk across the stage and receive a degree for the final time in my life. I want to tell you how thankful I am that you have given me the time, space, and resources to complete this incredibly important work in my life. Here is a quote from the dedication page of my thesis,

The First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia: You took a chance when you called me as your Senior Pastor in early 2017. Most congregations of your size and stature would never dream of calling a thirty-three-year-old to lead them into the future. But you did, and the first two years have been amazing! Honestly, I still cannot believe that you let me get up and preach every Sunday morning. I am having the time of my life. I hope that you are as well. Thank you for all the encouragement and interest you have shown for my work. My hope is that the fruit of this project will help our church be the “light of world” in our wonderful city.

Words cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for this church. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The second thing we will celebrate this weekend is Mother’s Day. When I see the way that Sara loves our daughters, I am made aware of the fact that moms need to be celebrated more than just one day a year! With that being said, we will still pull out all the stops on Sunday to make sure that Sara has an amazing day. I hope that you will celebrate all the Mother figures in your lives. On Mother’s Day at FBC, we will dedicate five children to the glory of God and promise that we will help to raise these children in the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Like a mother loves and nurtures her children, so the church will make a promise to love and nurture these infants in the way of Jesus.

I hope that you will be here on Sunday,