About LAC
About LAC
A Letter from Reverend Bill Crawford

February 27, 2018

Dear Larchmont Avenue Church family,

It is with a fullness of heart that I share with you the news that I will retire as the Larchmont Avenue Church Senior Pastor. I will conclude my ministry by September 2018 (with an August date TBA).

I thank God for the opportunity to serve across 37 years in ordained ministry, 19 of them here at LAC. I am ever so grateful for the ministry of the Gospel which has been my heartfelt commitment and calling.  Upon leaving LAC, my wife Julie and I will reside at the General Theological Seminary in NYC, where she will begin her work as professor of Old Testament. After a short break, I expect to be involved in ministry projects.

On Monday evening, February 26, I shared this news with the LAC Session, with the presence of Committee on Ministry (COM) and Hudson River Presbytery representatives.  Going forward, in the days ahead, the Session and COM will begin to organize an interim period of ministry, and steps toward transition in pastoral leadership. The congregation will be informed and engaged throughout this process. I will be present through the spring and summer, continuing to fully serve in the LAC ministry as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff and lending help in the transition. Also, our dedicated LAC Associate Pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Smith-Bartlett, will continue to maintain and carry out ministerial responsibilities in and through this period and beyond.

As it has been over the years since I arrived at LAC, in these days of Spring-Summer, I will be fully active and serving in the ministry of this beloved Church . . .  with particular attention to our vision and purpose. It will be a precious time for me to savor and thank God for the days of our time together at LAC, as I will upon our farewell . . . and always.

Yours in Christ,