For Immediate Release:
Carson Pue Steps Down For A Promise
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – October 22, 2014. At a crowded, historic, First Baptist Church in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the congregation showed their heart towards Rev. Dr. Carson Pue by gathering around him to pray at the end of both services.
Carson announced that due to his wife Brenda’s cancer diagnosis, he had tendered his resignation as the Executive Director at the church effective the end of October. He has worked alongside senior pastor Darrell Johnson since January 2012 and during this time the church has experienced great favor and blessing.
Pue addressed the church amidst tears with Johnson beside him saying, “Thirty eight years ago I made a promise to Brenda to cherish and hold, in sickness and in health. Well, she needs me to hold her more right now and as result I have resigned as Executive Director…” Carson has cancelled all future speaking events at the present time so together they can focus on her health and their relationship. He and Brenda plan to continue some book projects, as they are able, but most of the time will be spent walking, talking and enjoying time with the family.
Carson and Brenda Pue are known globally for mentoring Christian leaders through the ministry of Arrow Leadership, which they led together since 1996. Brenda left Arrow unexpectedly this January after being diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. She decided to share her journey of faith while living with cancer on a Caring Bridge journal. With over 70,000 visits, many have been blessed by her authenticity and faith inspiring lessons.
Looking ahead, First Baptist Church has invited Carson to stay on staff in a part-time role as the Executive Advisor for the church’s “Heart for the City Project”. This is an ambitious building initiative in the downtown of Vancouver that will allow the church to enhance ministries of affordable housing, serving the homeless, venue for conferences, coffee shop, a full service counseling center, older adults programs, bookstore library, daycare and family resources in the downtown.
Lilac Hawkey, moderator of First states, “Our church leadership completely supports Carson in this decision, and we are very grateful that he will be continuing to serve our congregation still even in a limited capacity. We continue to lift both Carson, Brenda, and their whole family up in prayer during this very challenging time.”
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Hi Carson. Our team in Rwanda continues to pray for you and Brenda. Thank you for setting the right example for all of us in this decision and cherishing your beloved wife. Sorry we can not be there right now to support you in a more tangible way. You mentor us from afar through Brenda’s posts and your support for her.
Richard thanks so much for your prayers. When you get a chance – please email me and tell me more about your decision to move over to Rwanda? Give my greetings to the staff team there – many fond memories. – Carson
My love and prayers for you and Brenda in this time. Praise the Lord that you are both in Christ, surrounded by a supportive community who loves you very much, and have a Lord that loves you even more than that. Please know that though we have only met and spoke a small number of times, you can count myself and my wife Helen among that supportive community.
Thanks Justice for your prayers and support. – Carson
Hi Carson, This must have been tough cause I know you loved your job , but I know you love Brenda more….Glad you’ll have more time now to spend together. Sounds like you have some projects on the go to keep you busy anyway. Think of you guys often. I hope we can get together for a visit sometime soon if Brenda feels up to it. Let me know…. Take care. Love, Judy
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Carson, you are an inspiration to countless marriages. Thank you for being such a role model and champion for leaders. You and Brenda have left an indelible imprint on my life. I will keep you and your family in prayer.
Hi Marcus – thanks for your prayers. Please have your church pray for Brenda and I as we await the results of the latest CT scan which we get on January 21st. Drop me an email and let me know how God is working at the church these days. I am missing NYC.
Praying for you Carson and Brenda. I’m grateful for the role you played in my life through Arrow.
Hi Carson & Brenda. What a shock! I had no idea. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
God – your strength is made perfect in our weakness. May that be the blessing on Brenda and Carson as they fulfill their vows of 38 years, and your vow never to leave nor forsake them.
Praying for you and Brenda, Carson. Thank you for being a Promise Keeper!!
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