AC 2010 – Retiree Service and Historic Questions

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Rev. Richard Connor, Elder, representing the 2010 class of Retirees, symbolically passes the mantle of ministry to the new class of ordinands, as he places a stole over the shoulders of Rev. Wendy Orzolek, who will be ordained at the Service of Ordination.  Photo by Suzy Keenan.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church honored the service of nineteen retiring pastors – representing a total of 540 years of ministry – at the Retiree Service on the evening of Friday, May 21.

The service began as Bishop Peggy Johnson invited those to be ordained and commissioned for ministerial orders to come forward and asked them the Historic Questions.

Bishop Johnson welcomed the retiring pastors.  As a symbolic transfer of the mantle of ministry from the retirees to the new ordinands, Rev. Richard Conner “yoked” Rev. Wendy Orzolek with a red stole.

The service concluded as retiring pastors annointed and prayed with the new ordinands.

The nineteen retiring pastors include these persons:

The Rev. Richard H. Andrews, Birdsboro: Focht Memorial,  22 years
The Rev. Richard W. Conner, Manheim: Salem UMC, 43 years
The Rev. Nancy R. Dougherty, Wyomissing: Calvary UMC, 31 years
The Rev. Jan S. Edwards, 27 years
The Rev. David Felker, Effort UMC, 18 years
The Rev. Clyde S. Flaherty, Elam UMC, 24 years
The Rev. Charlene L. Gaspar, 18 years
The Rev. Daniel G. Herner, Lebanon: Covenant UMC, 43 years
The Rev. Kent E. Kroehler, Lancaster: First UMC, 42 years
The Rev. Bruce Lefever, Manheim Township: Faith UMC, 9 years
The Rev. Philip Lloyd-Sidle, 27 years
The Rev. Theodore E. McCabe, The Bridge UMC, 37 years
The Rev. Lee F. Michaels, 33 years
The Rev. Martin S. Morgan, 33 years
The Rev. Dr. Gwinyai Muzorewa, New London UMC, 27 years
The Rev. J. Wayne Pratt, Wooddale and Paradise Valley: Keokee Chapel, 19 years
The Rev. Steven W. Rodgers, 27 years
The Rev. Dr. Rodney H. Shearer, Lebanon: Kochenderfers UMC, 41 years
The Rev. Carole A. Wood, Stroudsburg: Faith, 19 years