| Pastor's Perspective
I don't remember the exact moment,
but sometime while I was in high school, I made the decision to attend seminary and seek ordination in the
United Methodist Church. It was a decision that was made slowly over time as I listened to God and engaged in
long and intense conversations with pastors, friends, Sunday School teachers, and other adults that I
During the summer following my first year of college, I attended License to Preach School at DePauw
University. I graduated from college in 1975 and Toni and I headed off to The Iliff School of Theology at the
University of Denver in 1977.
I was ordained a Deacon at the 1978 Annual Conference at Purdue University. Four
years later, after I finished seminary and one year of full-time supervision, I was ordained an Elder in the
In the years since, I have served churches in open country, small towns, suburban, and urban set-
tings. Each church has had its own unique personality, and each one has blessed me in more ways than I could
ever have imagined.
I met with our Staff/Parish Committee two weeks ago and told them that after thirty-nine
years of ordained ministry, I have decided that it is time to turn a page and open a new chapter in my life.
Because every United Methodist clergyperson is always under appointment, I have written to Bishop Trimble
asking him to appoint me to retirement at this year's Annual Conference.
My expectation is that the District
Superintendent will be in contact with our Staff/Parish Committee in a very short time. They will work
together to develop a profile of the church in order to find your next pastor. In the meantime, we still have
four months together. We will continue to meet together to worship. We will pray together. We will learn
together in Sunday School clas- ses and Bible studies. We will move into our new building and continue to be
open to new ways of using that building for ministry to our community.
Through everything, we will remember
that the reason we do all these things is Jesus. The ministry is his. The church is his. Our lives are his.
Pastors come and go, but the ministry of Jesus is eternal.
See you in church the