Patrick McConnell, New City Church Macon’s Community and Family Pastor will be transitioning to the Lead Pastor position of New City Church, Milledgeville. It is both with joy and sadness that we make this announcement.
It is with sadness because we love the McConnell family at New City Church, Macon and have come to depend on Patrick and Jennifer for a great deal. Patrick has served on staff in Macon for the past two years but his history with New City Church includes almost nine years of service. He has served in almost every role possible here and in our church plant in Warner Robins. Sending Patrick to Milledgeville will leave a tremendous hole in Macon.
It is a joy to send Patrick because it seems that this is God’s timing and desire for Patrick, his family and Milledgeville. It is also a joy because it seems that the Lord has been preparing Patrick for this day going all the way back to his early days of training in Spokane, Washington in 1997.
The Elders of New City believed in early March that Patrick was the best person to take the Lead Pastor role in Milledgeville but committed to a process of patient prayer. Over the last month and a half Patrick’s love for Milledgeville and the people there has grown. God has continued to move Patrick and Jennifer’s hearts toward Milledgeville. We, the elders, affirm Patrick in the growing sense of his call to Shepherd the body in Milledgeville.
This will obviously leave a large hole in Macon with much to cover. Covering these duties will take a little time. Because of this, while we are announcing the move today, the actual transition fully into the role of the Lead Pastor of New City Church, Milledgeville will not take place until July. Until then Patrick will continue splitting time between Macon and Milledgeville.
We are excited about the future for Patrick and his family, for Milledgeville and Macon. Please join us in praying for Patrick, Jennifer and the family as well as for New City Church during this time of transition.
From our "Leadership Page"
Patrick grew up in Sharpsburg, GA and came to know Jesus and Jennifer at West Georgia College through the ministry of Campus Outreach. After serving in the United States Air Force, he lived Washington State for 12 years where he served in two churches as a Youth Pastor and a Family Pastor. On hearing about the mission and vision of New City Church Macon, he moved his family back to the South to be a part of what God was doing in Middle Georgia. In August 2011, Patrick led the team that started New City Warner Robins, now known as Sojourn Church.
Patrick is passionate about adoption and orphan care. He co-founded an organization that continued to serve orphans in Ethiopia and Uganda. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. In his spare time, you can find him on a date with his wife or playing with one of his kids. He takes great hope in the fact that though he is a great sinner, Christ is a great Savior.