Photo by Enid Gangler

Retiring clergy the Rev. Michael Biggs (left) of the Indiana Conference passes the light to newly ordained minister The Rev. Matthew Landry during a worship service recognizing their 1,407 collective years of service.

During the Retiree Recognition June 6, 56 pastors officially retired. Most entered their new appointment as retired July 1. They represent 1,407 years of appointed ministry. In alphabetical order followed by the number of years from their first appointment, not including student appointments, they are: Karen Altergott 18, Allen Armstutz 42, Douglas Anderson 43, Daniel Berger 40, Michael Biggs 42, James Bontrager 12, John Brackney 20, Linda Brackney 20, Jack Burks 4, Larry Bush 30, Patricia Bymaster 7, Frederick Cain 36, Terry Chandler 24, Rex Charles 33, Marvin Cheek 34, Linda Craig 25, Robert Dexter 41, Bonnie Draeger 15, William Dunfee 33, Ronald Ellis 8, James Evans 29, Nancy Fergusson 16, Betty Ann Garrett 24, Charles Gast, Jr. 34, Jonathan Gosser 42, Mark Gough 38, Daryl Hamlyn 15, William Hemmig 37, Michael Darwin Hendrix 37, David Herr 41, Marsha Hutchinson 9, Janet Jacobs 18, Lucia Jones 14, Stanley Jones 27, William Jones Jr. 19, William Keith 39, Warren Kirkwood 15, Gary Loy 9, Martha Lyon 18, Robert Allan McCracken 36, Brenda Oldstrom 26, Heather Olson-Bunnel 35, David VW Owen 44, Richard Patton 10, Randall Slavens 40, Laura Bell Smith 6, Linda Spoull 17, Raymond Squibb 39, Sharon Taylor 14, Jerry Thomas 19, Jim Toole 42, Kenneth Walker 25, John Walls 27, Thomas Watt 21, John C. Wolf 5 and Kenneth Woods 11.