Kevin Williams Steps Down From Ministry

This weekend I (Kevin Williams) have stepped down from ministry due to the immense stress and pressure upon me and Zoe.

Myself and my wife write this letter with much sadness and heartache and know this will upset many brethren who have faithfully laboured along side us in and for the gospel over many years. I would love to say these things to you all in person, but I’m not up to it mentally. I’ve been trying really hard to be a pastor and serve the brethren as best to the ability that God has gifted me with. I feel, by God’s grace, I have excelled in the preaching and teaching of God’s word and in counselling people when they needed help, but meeting with people in general social occasions was always a great struggle. 

Last Sunday my wife announced at the church meeting that I have autism. It has taken some time for me to admit and come to this point of truth about myself, but I have to come to terms with the fact that I am autistic. I realise with the autism people may have interpreted things I’ve said or done wrongly. My motive was never to intentionally offend anyone. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact I’ve hurt people in the past without realising it and I want to live in a way not to do that again, but at the moment I cannot do this and pastor the church. My nerves have completely gone and I literally can’t function mentally with the pressure. 

I’m trying to do things to distract my mind; it works for a while, then the pressure of the ministry comes back. My times in the word have been better than ever but the pressure from the ministry has crushed me to breaking point. 

Myself and my wife feel we need to step back to reflect on things and recover. Right now I can’t function mentally. 

We are truly grateful for all the brothers and sisters in the church who have been with us through the hard times and the good for so many years. There has been so many special friendships and even precious marriages that formed within the church, which later brought precious children. Camping trips with lots of tales to tell and countless precious times spent together. We cannot express how much we love you. We also remember those who were with us, but are now with the Lord. We give thanks and praise to God for all he has done. We’ve seen countless souls saved and have had the privilege of being involved in the planting of three churches. God is so good! 

Again we write this letter with many tears. We don’t know what the next step is from here, but we can take comfort in knowing that our Lord does and it’s his hand we are holding to guide us through this uncertain time in our lives. 

All our love, Kevin, Zoe and the family. 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11