About five years ago we walked into our first Greek class and were greeted by a new face. At the time we had no idea how much of an impact this man (along with his family) would have on our lives. Dr. Jim Hamilton was new to the Havard Campus and, along with many other students, we immediately knew that he was different. It did not take long to recognize the passion Jim had for the glory of God–so, over the next three years we sought to take as many classes from him as we could! At the end of the semester Jim invited all of his students over to his house and we were delighted to meet his wonderful wife Jill and their first child, Jake.
Well, a few years down the road a man named Jack Arnold invited Jim to preach at a tiny church plant of about four families and after some persuasion and a long phone conversation Jim agreed to preach for four weeks. Well, here we are over 156 weeks later and the six weeks that Jim committed to, turned into three years of faithful ministry at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. We have been unbelievably blessed by the way Jim has served our church and we could go on and on about the way that Jill has led in Women’s Bible Studies and poured so much of her life into our local church. Many of us have benefited from Jill’s hospitality and welcoming spirit, which has continued despite her full time job with the new Hamilton additions, Jed and Luke. We will dearly miss the Hamilton family and we are so thankful for the time God has given us with them.
Many of you know Jim mainly as a seminary professor. Personally, we can say that his zeal for the glory of God has impacted us more than he’ll ever know. We would not trade the three years that we have been blessed to study under him for anything! I’m sure that many of you have had similar experiences with Jim’s teaching ministry. Those of you that have taken classes from Jim know that his passion for the original languages is contagious and his love for the local church and hunger for a right understanding of the Bible are inspiring! The students at the Havard Campus will truly miss him, as will his church!
Thus we would like to set aside a time to communicate the ways in which Jim and Jill have blessed, encouraged and ministered to those around them. We would like to invite you to join us on Sunday evening, June 22nd as we seek to honor the Hamilton family before they head to Louisville as Jim takes up a teaching post at Southern Seminary. We will begin the evening at 6:00pm, on the campus of First Baptist Church Missouri City, in the gymnasium. We are asking folks to bring ice cream and/or a dessert to enjoy as we fellowship together. There will be a time for you to communicate your thankfulness to the Hamiltons and to see them off (this will be their last Sunday in Houston). If you have any questions about this time of celebration please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on June 22nd as we seek to bless and encourage this wonderful family.
Travis Cardwell and Billy Newhouse
Here is a summary of the details:
Hamilton Going Away Celebration
Sunday, June 22nd at 6:00pm
First Baptist Church, Missouri City (gym)
Bring ice cream or dessert!
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