Dear College Park Church Family,
The members of Pennington Park Church held a congregational meeting last night, and the vote was overwhelmingly positive to affirm Mark as their new executive pastor. While this is bittersweet news and Mark will be missed, we are thankful for God’s clear leading to call Mark to this new opportunity. Mark will start in this role on January 24, 2022.
Before he starts, however, we want to express our gratitude for his ministry here at College Park as well as commission and pray for the Schuitema family. That reception is planned for Sunday, January 23.
We are so grateful for Mark’s ten years of fruitful ministry at College Park Church. He’s played an integral role in our Small Groups, membership, Compassion, Men’s Ministry, discipleship, and beyond. We have set up an interim leadership plan for the Community Team while also preparing for a search process.
Join us in expressing our appreciation to Mark and his family in January!
Lead Executive Pastor
Possible Staff Transition Update - from November 22, 2021
College Park Family,
I wanted to share the bittersweet news that Pastor Mark Schuitema, Pastor of Community, has been announced as the recommended candidate for the new role of Executive Pastor at Pennington Park Church (PPC), a College Park church plant in Fishers that launched in 2015. He was affirmed by the Pennington Park elders last week, and the PPC congregation will vote on whether to affirm him in a congregational meeting on December 19.
Mark Vroegop and Mark Schuitema recently sat down with Pennington Park Church Lead Pastor Chris Beals to share more:
College Park Church and Pennington Park Church have a rich history together. PPC launched in 2015 as College Park Church Fishers out of our Next Door Mission vision to reach the Indy-Metro area with the gospel.
Since then, God has been faithful to the church to help it through a number of growth seasons:
- Managing five years and lots (!) of weekly Sunday setups at two different schools on Olio Road in Fishers
- Securing twenty-one acres of property in 2016
- Becoming an independent, self-governing church in 2019
- Moving into their new building in 2020
- Expanding to weekly worship gatherings of 700+ people
Earlier this year, PPC came to a point of organizational need for a new Executive Pastor role to implement and execute the vision cast by the lead pastor along with assisting the lead pastor in leading and directing the staff. This fall, Mark Schuitema became aware of the role through a friend, and through much prayer and seeking counsel, he and his wife, Emily, saw an alignment with his gifts and felt led to enter the exploration process. After a rigorous process, Mark was affirmed by the elders as the lead candidate last week.
I invited Mark to share a few thoughts in his own words:
College Park Church has been our home for over fourteen years, and we deeply love the people and staff of CPC. As a family, we are obediently following the Lord as he leads us to deeper surrender, and to go and serve a growing church family that CPC planted five years ago.
Our family is excited to go and serve this growing church family (Pennington Park Church) yet we are grieving the proximity of relationships and the church family that will remain at CPC. It is bitter and sweet, exciting and sad, but we are confident this is the step the Lord has for us next. And so we surrender.
Thank you, College Park, for the privilege of being your pastor for the past 10+ years. It has been a gift and I am grateful for the privilege of having been able to serve so many of you and learn alongside each of you. I love you all.
With Profound Gratitude,
We are so grateful for Mark’s significant ministry over almost eleven years at College Park as a pastor and elder. If Mark is confirmed on December 19, he would take a few weeks to wrap up at College Park in January and start at Pennington Park in mid-to-late January. We will update you with more information and next steps after the vote.
More information on Mark’s candidacy is available at penningtonpark.com/candidate.
Would you join us in praying in three ways?
- Pray that Mark, Emily, and their kids would have grace and peace through this exciting and unique season with mixed emotions
- Pray for the Pennington Park Church congregation and for God to guide the vote on December 19
- Pray for grace and wisdom with a possible transition for staff, the Northeast Indy parish, and other gaps we anticipate (contingent on the vote)
This is a special moment of partnership between our churches, so would you join the Pennington Park congregation in praying?
With a heart of gratitude for the ministry of the Schuitemas,
Lead Executive Pastor