e-letter 7/27/18


I can’t believe it’s coming to an end!


You may or may not know me, but my name is William Kendust and I have been on staff at SUMC for 11 years and attending for 33 years. By the way, I turned 33 in April. This church is my home but sadly it no longer will be. In about 3 weeks, my wife Alicia and I will be packing up and moving to Durham, NC where I will be attending Seminary at Duke Divinity School. As I pursue my degree, I will also be continuing the Methodist Ordination Process.

I wanted to take a moment to share my history and my call into ministry to give you some insight into my life. It all started 33 years ago when I was born into this church. My parents, Rick and Pam Kendust, started attending SUMC just after it beganso church was always a part of my life. I feel like I never missed a Sunday or Wednesday while growing up. I even grew saying I wanted to be a pastor because they only worked two days a weekHa!

While I was in high school, I attended youth ministry but I was your average student who was there for the fun of it. It wasn’t until Joel Lusz came along that I started to take it more seriously. I remember thinking that maybe a life of ministry could be for me — but that was a quickly fleeting thought.

In 2003, I headed off to West Palm Beach to get mydegree in Small Business/ Entrepreneurship from Palm Beach Atlantic University. My hopes were to become a General Contractor and work with my family to build homes in Melbourne but God had different plans for me. After moving home in 2007 when the market crashed, no builders were hiring so I helped out at the church to fill my time. That’s when Joel asked if I wanted to work at the church for a few hours a week. A few hours turned into full time in April of 2009.

After many years of growth and learningI started to realize that I could only learn so much without a Master’sDegree. I knew I needed one but still resisted the thought of going back to school full time. It wasn’t until Duke called to say I had been accepted that I really thought that it would be a possibility. After praying and many discussions, I knew that if I was serious about my path and the call that God had on my life, I needed to go off to school. It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made but once I made it, I had an overwhelming peace about it.

It will be a sad day but Aug. 12 will be my last Sunday as a staff member here at Suntree. If you want to see me cry, that’s the day it will probably happen. There will be a small reception following the 9:30am service— I would love to see you there. It will certainly be a bittersweet day as I am so excited to be headed off to Dukebut so sad to be leaving Suntree. I will miss you all dearly. Over the next three years, I ask for prayers upon prayers for myself and Alicia as we take on this next phase of our lives. It will certainly be a stark contrast to our current lives.

Suntree has been a huge blessing to me but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Thank you all who have made Suntree the incredible church it is. I know God will continue to bless this church and I’m excited to see it as it continues to grow. Suntree will always have a piece of my heart so I will be back as often as I can.  If you have any questions or want to keep up with my journey through seminary, feel free to ask me along the way and I will be happy to share. 🙂


Thanks and God Bless!

William Kendust