Pastor Rick's Farewell Letter

Dear Watersprings Family,
It is with a great affection for you all, that I am sharing that the Lord has a new adventure in store for Tammy and me. Through a recent period of prayer, the LORD has made it very clear that He is calling me to let go of my ministry here at Watersprings and serve Him in a new venture, still yet unfolding. While this is a great opportunity that I am looking forward to, I must confess I am struggling to let go of the Watersprings family that has been the greatest joy of my life for these last 24 years!

Most pastors leave churches because there is some relational conflict, internal strife, division, or sin that has gotten the best of them. I am so glad to report that this Watersprings family of believers is more fruitful in love, joy, peace and unity now, than at any other time in our history together! God is working in a more powerful way than ever before in every dimension of the ministry! Not only that, but Tammy and I are more in love than ever!

In some ways, this peace and fruitfulness makes it even more confusing why the Lord would move us on. I have discovered over the years, however, that God’s plans don’t always line up with my human logic. I do believe by faith, however, that God always knows what is best for everyone involved, even though we don’t fully understand it.

Isaiah 55:8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. Over the years I have prayed, “LORD if you ever call me somewhere else, please let it be when the ministry of Watersprings is thriving!” and I now realize this is God’s answer to that prayer.

The only problem is that this is so much more difficult than I ever imagined it would be! If it is any consolation to those who hear this news with a heavy heart, know this, that Tammy and I are leaving our Watersprings family kicking and screaming because it has been such a great joy to serve you, God's precious people! This truly is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Just think, when we get to heaven there will be no more goodbyes, and we'll get to see how God's design all worked out for HIS glory!

We will be taking a four month sabbatical for some much needed rest before diving back into ministry in the Boise valley area.

I have sought the most gifted servant of the LORD to take Watersprings to a whole new level of fruitful ministry Ty Orr and his wife Laurie, from Calvary Chapel of Salmon, Idaho. I ask that you please give them the same love, affection and respect that you have shown Tammy and I for all of these years. Then I know it will be a great and successful transition of leadership for the glory of THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS! JESUS OUR GREAT HERO!

In His Strong Name,
Pastor Rick

Acts 13:2 … the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

Pastor Ty's Welcome Letter

To our new and beloved Watersprings Church family,
We are humbled by God’s incredible grace as we have been blessed with the opportunity for this new season of life and ministry with the amazing and loving family at Watersprings Church. God’s sovereign hand has been with us through each step of this crazy journey of faith. We never would have dreamed our incredible adventure would have afforded our family the privilege to worship with, love and serve each one of you on behalf of Christ Jesus our Lord.

As many of you may know, or could imagine, leaving our wonderful church family in Salmon is causing deep sorrow in our hearts. A hurt of which, I am sure, we as a family have yet to realize it’s depth. But, God has given us His unquenchable peace without measure and a fresh and exhilarating passion and vision for the incredible things the Lord is going to do, in us, and through us as the Body of Christ.

We have never liked the idea of “can’t” in ministry. Why? Simply put: because we serve a mighty God who always “can.” “ But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Paul wrote to the Ephesians church, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20–21 God has done, and is doing, so many wonderful things through Watersprings. We find ourselves breathless with anticipation and excitement to see what God might do in the years to come.

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. (Jeremiah 10:23) As much as we think we have plans for our futures, God is sovereign in the affairs of men. Rick and Tammy along with Laurie and myself are simple, and surrendered servants of the King of Kings and the Lord of lords, the Almighty God. We were not looking to leave or change. In fact, for all of us, it was quite the opposite. Yet, here we are, following the leading of God’s everlasting, loving, and mighty hands into new ventures of faith. He has seen fit to call upon our families, and we have simply obeyed.

Laurie and I are blessed by our long time relationship with Rick and Tammy and look forward to rejoicing with them in their new season. We are asking you to please pray for them as they transition to a time of rest and preparation for their new work in Boise. Please also be praying for our family: our move to Idaho Falls and grafting into Watersprings Church, as well as wisdom for Calvary Chapel Salmon during the transition to their new pastor.

With a great affection for you all in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Ty

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) May we all do the same as we consider this sovereign work of our Amazing God!

More about Pastor Ty

Pastor Ty and Laurie Orr
Ty Orr is a lively and dynamic pastor. The approachable, humorous way he teaches puts everyone at ease and drives home the simple, yet powerful, teaching of God's Word. Ty’s driving force is his unquenchable passion to know God, understand His Word, and love God’s people. As a musician he lives out a lifestyle of worship through the writing and production of new music for the body of Christ.

Ty grew up in a home where his family usually only went to church on Christmas and Easter. When he was in high school, as a typical teenager in the 80’s, he got into cars, music, friends, drugs and alcohol, and all the stupid things that come with them. In his freshman year of high school, he found himself becoming involved in music and theater, which led him to attend college, pursuing a degree in music education. While in college in the late 80’s, several of his Christian professors repeatedly shared Christ with Ty. He bowed his knee to Jesus Christ when he realized he was a sinner in need of a Savior because his sins had separated him from God. It was the very same day that he met his beautiful wife, Laurie, who lived in Chicago, Illinois at the time.

Soon afterward, he left college and began to serve at a small church named Calvary Chapel. He started in ministry by cleaning bathrooms, sweeping the parking lot, and serving whenever and wherever possible. In the early 90’s, he began serving in ministry full-time, becoming the youth pastor of the church, then the assistant pastor, and eventually an interim senior pastor of that fellowship. After helping transition the church to new leadership, Ty and his family began to seek where the Lord would have them go to serve Him. In 2008, the Lord graciously led him to Salmon, Idaho, where he served as the senior pastor until responding to God’s call to Watersprings church with Laurie, his wife of over 24 years, and their children Joshua, Caleb, and Benjamin.

Ty gets up every day looking forward to the adventure that is a life in service to Christ.

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