Retirement

Concluding PNS service after 26+ years

November 21, 2014

LOUISVILLE

At age 68 and with more than 26 years under my belt with the Presbyterian News Service, I have announced my retirement as coordinator and editor, effective Dec. 5, 2014. And so concludes more than 43 years of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Since Aug. 15, 1988, the PC(USA) has given me the opportunity to travel all over the world, meeting countless Presbyterians and ecumenical partners and seeing first-hand the life-changing mission and ministry being done in the name of our beloved denomination.

Just tallying it all up overwhelms me: more than 2 million miles in the air, 49 of the 50 states (sorry, Maine), 39 General Assemblies (the first was 1967, while I was still in college) and more than 60 countries. This cradle Presbyterian has been blessed by God beyond measure.

I know this is going to sound more like some cheesy awards show acceptance speech than a fond farewell, but there are people to thank.

To Houston Hodges, who gave me my start as a church journalist in the halcyon days of San Francisco Presbytery and to Marj Carpenter, who took a chance on a “Yankee preacher” and taught me how to love the truth and the church in equal measure. I owe my career to Marj.

To Hugh Burroughs and Byron Bland, friends for a lifetime ― we have seen each other through all the highs and lows of life in ministry.

To Bethany Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, where I grew up and learned the faith. And to the congregations I served as pastor, who nurtured me before I came to PNS: the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Richmond, California; High Street Presbyterian Church in Oakland; Mission United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco; and Fruitvale Presbyterian Church in Oakland. They grounded me in the practical theology that informs my reporting to this day.

And particularly to Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, my congregation since I moved to Louisville. My faith would have withered without the love and support of my brothers and sisters there.

To my heroes and mentors in the art and craft of church journalism: the late Vic Jameson, the late Hal Bray, “the two Janes” ― Hines and Mead, and my contemporaries Bill Lancaster, Duane Sweep, Janet Tuck, Shane Whisler, John Sniffen, John Bolt, Leslie Scanlon, Mike Ferguson, Jim Nedelka and Toni Montgomery, to name a few. There are too many to count and especially to name, but I have learned from the best over these 26 years.

To those who have served with me in PNS over these 26 years: Marj, Mary Henry, Pam (Crouch) Wineman, Julian Shipp, the late Evan Silverstein (whom I miss every day, dead too young at 42), John Filiatreau, Alexa Smith, Toya Richards, Emily Enders Odom and my current associate, Bethany Daily; and support staff (remember what those are?): David Dempsey, Vann Dyche, Carrie Lutes Hellman, Kathy Wolpert and Deeanna Alford.

The greatest joy of serving on the national staff of the PC(USA) has been the opportunity to serve with some of the most creative, loving, talented and dedicated people anywhere. This is a family operation, and I have been fortunate to be a part of a clan of brothers and sisters like no other.

I have served under six executive directors (including interims), three stated clerks and five communications directors. I know that every one of them has sought the best for the PC(USA) and tried their best to be faithful to Jesus Christ.

Finally, a special word of thanks to Eva Stimson, my spouse, who is still the best writer and editor in the PC(USA). Period. She even helped me with this.

For many years I have recorded daily summaries of the General Assembly. I leave you, faithful readers, with the tagline that has closed each of those recordings: “And now, more than ever, pray for peace.”  

  1. Working within the National Council of Presbyterian Men as it was then called, I had numerous opportunities to come in contact with Jerry and sometimes in the field. I always appreciated him and wanted to add this in case he gets to hear me say this even if I come to this late!

    by Donald E. Travis

    July 31, 2015

  2. hi "dr" hugh - recalling some great memories of our time at drake and sae. congratulations on your well deserved retirement. I am currently residing in ft Lauderdale, fl. cheers. chuck

    by charles canney jr

    May 8, 2015

  3. Just stumbled on to this page, so I'm late to the show. I just wanted to add my appreciation for all the great work you've done over the years, and the wonderful spirit you've brought to your colleagues and fellow travelers in the world of religious publishing. Thanks for showing us how it's done! Jim Rice, Sojourners

    by Jim Rice

    January 6, 2015

  4. So grateful for the stories you shared and the insights that you have provided over the years... and even being willing to sleep one night in a room that was filled with the clothing of clowns! To another SFTS grad I say welcome to retirement and now you are free to do what you've always wanted to have time to do...and do them!

    by Bud Frimoth

    December 15, 2014

  5. I first "met" Jerry virtually, though the telephone. Jerry used to record phone messages each day of General Assemblies. As a pastor, I called in to find out -- from Jerry -- what happened each day of the assembly. Then I received "Assembly in Brief." When I was called to the national church offices in Louisville, I felt like a groupie, because I got to meet and see Presbyterian rock stars -- Jerry Van Marter of Presbyterian New Service and Eva Stinsom of Presbyterians Today, a magazine that the members of my church received. I couldn't believe that after all the years of hearing by phone and reading through print their words, I actually had a chance to see them. Jerry has been a blessing to the PC(USA) as a solid news reporter. He has kept us informed and practiced solid investigative reporting. Thanks for your sacrificial service to the church that we all love.

    by Rhashell Hunter

    December 13, 2014

  6. As the current president of the Associated Church Press, I write to wish Jerry well in his retirement and to thank him for the many ways he served our organization throughout his tenure as head of PNS. The frequency with which the ACP recognized Jerry and the entire PNS staff for their excellent writing and reporting is without compare. As a friend and colleague for the past decade, I offer my appreciation for Jerry's enduring positivity, humor in the bleak times, and encouraging mentorship for me and many other religious journalists!

    by Gregg Brekke

    December 10, 2014

  7. Wishing you and your family all the best as you enter into a new phase of your life. May you enjoy the extra time that you'll be spending with them. We'll miss you.

    by Jewel McRae

    December 3, 2014

  8. We'll miss you - but you know where to go if you need anything tie-dyed! See you on the kickball field!

    by Tricia McReynolds

    December 3, 2014

  9. I think we met at the 1986 GA and our paths have crossed many times since, like 20 or so GAs, many GAC meetings etc.While I always enjoyed those meetings they were also brief. More memorable were times when I was in Louisville and dropped in for a chat. You were always knowledgeable and insightful. While you are retiring from a paid job I am sure you will not be retiring from the church. You have served well and I am sure will continue to do so. Best wishes for you and Eva in the next phase of your lives. Manley

    by Manley Olson

    December 3, 2014

  10. I will be forever grateful for your excellence in reporting AND ministry...from when I met you in Oakland when I was doing criminal justice work (and you covered my Restorative Justice Award at GA), through my ministry among the Navajo only last year, until now where I am pastoring a joint Presbyterian/Lutheran church with my ELCA husband--you have been such a support and true inspiration for hanging in with our denomination so it can truly be a prophetic voice for our time. Thank you, thank you, thank you...

    by Deborah Haffner Hubbard

    December 2, 2014

  11. Thank you all for your gracious comments. I am deeply appreciative.

    by Jerry Van Marter

    December 1, 2014

  12. Jerry, you’ve always done a superb job as you’ve shared your considerable journalistic talents with the PCUSA and the church universal. We also enjoyed those occasions when we could break bread with you at some of the meetings you were covering and enjoy your dry wit. Blessings in your retirement.

    by Jeff Aiken

    November 30, 2014

  13. I have known Eva ever since she was my sharp but silent student in an exegesis class at PSCE and you ever since you became the official voice of PNS. You have both blessed me greatly through all those years and I am grateful.

    by Lamar Williamson

    November 29, 2014

  14. Congratulations on your retirement, Good and Faithful Servant. When I think of you I am grateful for your clear and varied writing, but even more for your pastoral generosity in sharing you experience as we struggled with a new cancer diagnosis. May these years be blessed and joyfilled!

    by Lorna Kuyk

    November 26, 2014

  15. I wonder if maybe the cloud of witnesses from Heb. 11 could be from among our life friends.? If so, you have gathered quite a cloud true greats. And they define and sometimes defame us, but always defend us. Thank God. Good luck achieving retirement, I have flunked that course several times. Please continue to touch the world with your soul.

    by Jack Wineman

    November 25, 2014

  16. Thank you, Jerry. God be with you in this next season.

    by Kathy Lueckert

    November 25, 2014

  17. It is with a combination of sadness and joy that I receive this news. Sadness because your excellence in reporting will be greatly missed. Joy that you have reached this point in your life with satisfaction in the service you have provided for the church. Well done. Enjoy your time of retirement!

    by Avery Dickson

    November 25, 2014

  18. Thank you for your service. You will be missed. Retirement is wonderful!

    by John Mahon

    November 24, 2014

  19. All I can say is "Go Dodgers! And godspeed!

    by Chris Enoch

    November 24, 2014

  20. Congrats! Job was more than well done. May you and Eva move into an even more rewarding era. What will you do for the last third of life on this side?

    by Mark Tammen

    November 24, 2014

  21. Well deserved and I wish you a wonderful retirement, but I do have to say I (and everyone else it would seem!) am really going to miss you!

    by Toni Montgomery

    November 24, 2014

  22. May you always have a baseball or two in your vest as you travel in retirement. Thanks for sharing your smile and for calling us all to be fair and truthful.

    by Joe Hill

    November 24, 2014

  23. Jerry, like everyone else, I have a hard time imagining Presbyterian news without you. We have been good colleagues and friends. I'm forever grateful for your example and support through the years, especially through Associated Church Press. Our mutual friend Marj is very proud of you - and so am I. Wearing my favorite Hawaiian shirt today in your honor.

    by Cynthia Astle

    November 24, 2014

  24. Your denomination and your readers are lucky to have had you all this time. I was lucky enough to land in your orbit for a few years when we served on the Associated Church Press board together. Your retirement is well deserved!

    by Leanne Larmondin

    November 24, 2014

  25. thanks so much.

    by Laurie Palmer

    November 23, 2014

  26. We all join in saying "Well done and may you rest in God's continued blessings!" - your ministry of communication has encouraged so many and pointed us to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.

    by Thomas Fultz, Ruling Elder

    November 23, 2014

  27. When I read these tributes and testimonies one thought came to mind: Dad would be so proud.

    by Carolyn Van Marter Hinkle

    November 22, 2014

  28. Congratulations Jerry! Thank you for your faithful, fair and insightful reporting. You have helped our denomination be a happier, healthier and more Jesus focused place. God bless you in your next adventures, I will miss reading you and looking for Dead lyrics in headlines!

    by Steve Aeschbacher

    November 22, 2014

  29. Jer, I've read all the comments, and found Rachel's on your homepage. I'm sitting here with tears, not only at the wonderful things people know and love about you, but how profoundly proud Dad would be (and was) of you. If you ever thought about living up to the standard he set with his life, there should be no doubt that you've done it. I love you. Enjoy your stress-free holidays!

    by Lindy Van Marter Edwards

    November 22, 2014

  30. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement! We will all miss you. God bless, and enjoy your time with your family.

    by Pam Marino

    November 22, 2014

  31. Blessings as you head toward "freedom of choice time," Jerry. Well done. Will miss your good, faithful, well-written work.

    by Sarah Erickson

    November 22, 2014

  32. Jerry, what is there to say.... I agree with all of the above, and glad to see the names. BUT what about Portland? are we both going to sit in the cheap seats and wonder.... Or am I on my own? (I can finally catch up to your attendance record!) You nailed it for the "pewsitters" as Vic was fond of saying. You tried and succeeded to tell the truth in love, and we will miss that I expect. News will not be the same without your hand, it may be reported, but without the "punch". AND. AND who will lead the Presbyterian Writers Guild Hymn? "Well done thou good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much." Which fittingly is in the Gospel lesson for this week. By the way let me know where the "roast" is going to be....

    by Rev. Charles Proudfoot

    November 22, 2014

  33. We always knew that you would, "Tell it like it like it was." Thank you for your faithful, and faith filled service to the PCUSA. Your words will be missed. Now use your time, with Eva, to do the things that you would have loved to have done, before, had you not been so busy keeping us informed. God bless you.

    by Paul Masquelier

    November 22, 2014

  34. Jerry, thanks so much for your wonderful years of service to our denomination and to the larger church. May these years ahead be equally as productive as God leads you in new directions.

    by Ken Baker

    November 22, 2014

  35. Jerry, Congratulations! May God's rich blessings continue to be with you wherever you may be. Peace, Evelyn Hwang

    by Evelyn Hwang

    November 22, 2014

  36. There is no one in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who tells its story as faithfully, forthrightly, beautifully and accurately. And storytelling is what we do--the gospel IS a story. Thank you, Jerry, for telling our story to the glory of God. (And a correction: Your ordained ministry certainly does not end with retirement--and I'm sure there will be many demands for your gifts!)

    by Brian Ellison

    November 22, 2014

  37. Jerry, you've done the church a great service through the years. Make your retirement as productive as your working years.

    by Ray Kersting

    November 22, 2014

  38. Congratulations, Jerry, on a job well done. You have been accurate, insightful, eloquent and fair. In the process you have evidenced two of the divine attributes: omnipresense and omniscience. Plus you've been a great conversationalist and good friend. May God's richest blessing be with you and Eva in this next phase of your life!

    by John Huffman

    November 22, 2014

  39. Enjoy your new status as "retired," Jerry! The rest of us #299s welcome you to our fraternity/sorority of ARMSS! It was so good to see both you and Eva at our Northwest Coast Presbytery meeting in Ketchikan last September. We were blessed by your presence, as well as the abundance of precipitation that weekend--9.4 inches!

    by Erv Roorda

    November 22, 2014

  40. I first knew Jerry though his wonderful Presbyterian parents and then when I was a GA committee member. Then I joined the ever- faithful Bethany PC in Tacoma where I still hope we nurture all people to see their talents. GA owes much to the wonderful writer and person.

    by Linda Gaines

    November 22, 2014

  41. Your leadership in defining news for The Church, not just the PCUSA, has impacted ecclesiastical communications for the past quarter century. It has been a privilege to work on your team from the beginning. Bravo to you and Eva for all your contributions. Looking forward to the new stories you will create when your time is your own! With love and thanksgiving that you shared your unique gifts with us all.

    by Vicki Fogel Mykles

    November 22, 2014

  42. Congrats! Keep smiling and enjoy life! Truly hzve enjoyed your talents, humor and attitude over the years. Wishing you and eva the very best...now on to your next adventure and chapter. Continued blessings!

    by Leigh Meers

    November 22, 2014

  43. Jerry, congratulations! You have served the church and God well. Blessings on your new journey. Peace.

    by Mark W. Wendorf

    November 22, 2014

  44. Oh my! Well, it's about time...and it's never time. And so...I'm excited for you, sensing a great loss for our church, and now, maybe, we'll get to a Final Four (or Regional, or sub-Regional) one day soon!

    by Dave Wasserman

    November 22, 2014

  45. Jerry, This is "off the record" but my colleagues and I at the Board of Pensions have always been thankful for your friendship and great service. I can confirm that retirement has many pluses. Best wishes to you and Eva on your next adventure.

    by Rob Maggs

    November 22, 2014

  46. Simply the best! Jerry you have blessed me with incredible friendship and encouragement. You have blessed the whole body of Christ...Presbyterian and ecumenical with your prolific journalism. You have kept us honest and open in our actions as a denomination. I will never be able to say thank you loud or proud enough! THANK YOU!

    by Corey Schlosser-Hall

    November 22, 2014

  47. Truth, Jerry, is a precious commodity, and you have traded in it honestly and faithful for all of these years. The PC(USA) will certainly miss you, particularly at a time when we once again struggle to know and come to grips with the truth about the stewardship of our other precious commindities -- money and trust. I am happy to be able point out an error, missed by your fine editor: this is not the end of ordained ministry -- it's a status that sticks with you, even after retirement. I pray that you find ways of living it out that bring you and Eva great joy.

    by Gary Cook

    November 22, 2014

  48. Jerry, congratulations on finding a way to reconcile the concepts of "68 years old" and "early retirement." Too early, my friend! Why don't you and Eva come across the Atlantic and see us sometime?

    by Rev. Theodore Gill

    November 22, 2014

  49. Wow! What a journey you have had! And we are all the richer for it. Thank you for your service Jerry. God's blessings be with you and Eva always.

    by Noushin Framke

    November 22, 2014

  50. As a person of passion, commitment and great integrity, you shared the words that are a credit to your vocation and mission. May the wake of your good work continue to have a presence at PC(USA) for years to come.

    by Yvonne Perry

    November 22, 2014

  51. Thank you Jerry for your faithful service to the Presbyterian Church (USA). I wish you, Eva and your family all the best in your retirement. Take good care.

    by Michael J. Adee

    November 22, 2014

  52. Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy the good life. The PC (USA) will never be the same without you to share the news.

    by Jennifer brooks mulhall

    November 22, 2014

  53. All the best, Jerry. I remember being at your wedding (to Eva) in the foyer of the Center. And I remember watching you at work at General Assemblies too numerous to count. Thanks for your faithfulness to the church and to your calling of being a journalist.

    by Barbara Roche

    November 22, 2014

  54. Jerry, I've only ever known a denomination with you bringing your sense of call and sense of fairness to PNS. I was literally introduced to the national church when Steve started seminary and I started working at the Center on Sept 8, 1988 - in bare halls filled with empty cubicles. You helped me understand the vital need for an independent news source by championing that cause. I can't imagine a news service sans your byline, but know that you go with the prayers and love of a whole denomination and more, but most of all with God. Thank you, faithful one.

    by Tina Vial

    November 21, 2014

  55. Jerry - thank you, thank you, for your service to the church and the world. You told the truth, you told it well and you told it with love. You have been a colleague and a friend in ministry, and you have been there for the church when a sane and reasoned voice mattered, and when we needed to be lampooned a bit. You done good!!!

    by Shannon Webster

    November 21, 2014

  56. Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for your years of service. You helped me immeasurably when I was the new kid on ACSWP way back when - and I have valued our frienship ever since. I remember celebrating your 50th b'day with you in Louisville - how can it be 18 years later?!? So great to reconnect at GA in 2010, and continue to stay in touch on FB. Blessings to you and Eva on your next adventure!

    by Susan Ryder

    November 21, 2014

  57. Wow! Congratulations, Jerry! But what a loss to the church.

    by Judy Steer

    November 21, 2014

  58. Jerry, you have been a class act for all those years. Thank you for your fair-handed reporting, your service to the church, and your friendship. Now you can join me in the retirement club, and maybe flunk retirement as quickly as I have! God bless you for your service.

    by Blair Monie

    November 21, 2014

  59. Thanks Jerry for the laughter we shared over the years. Greatly appreciate your guidance/friendship since my arrival in louisville 5 years ago. Joy to days and years ahead to you and Eva! Miss you in building already - thank God you'll be back for a week after Thanksgiving!!

    by Paul Seebeck

    November 21, 2014

  60. Thank you, Jerry, for the work for a free, rather than a public relations, press. We will miss you. Are you moving "home?"

    by Alice Thorn

    November 21, 2014

  61. Jerry, from your days at Fruitvale (Judy's home church) through many a GA and ventures in ministry we have appreciated your professionalism as well as your friendship. May you find as much excitement and renewal as we have in the last 25 years. Peace be with you.

    by John Matthew and Judy McKay

    November 21, 2014

  62. When one of your best friends hangs ‘em up, most of you wants to slap your friend on the back and celebrate their emancipation from the daily grind of the work-a-day world. …but then there’s that teeny tiny portion of you that doesn’t want your friend to go, that wants to keep the good times going, especially when your friend humbles you by publicly thanking you for your friendship in his exit column. Such is the case with my retiring editor, my friend, Jerry Van Marter. I’ll miss Jerry – he’s very hard to miss decked out in one of his seemingly endless supply of modern and vintage Hawaiian shirts (“I have a friend in Chicago who finds them for me,” he once explained over cigars and a well-aged sippin’ beverage; yes he revealed where his friend shopped but that doesn’t mean this reporter needs to reveal a fellow reporter’s source.) Note the quote: Jerry always admonished his reporters to “get a quote your piece by the third graph.) I’ll miss our lively e-mail, phone and Big Tent and General Assembly newsroom exchanges about potential story ideas (photos, too!) baseball (he: the Giants, me: the Mets), the theatre, our kids (his: Luke & Rachel mine: Kristoffer and Abigail), our kvetches and the general state of the world. Speaking of GA, this is the forum where Jerry really shone. He always yoked the heaviest workload, always covering the most significant Presbyterian issues up for debate, from reunification through marriage of the “Northern” and “Southern” branches to the current discussion of same-gender marriages. Yet, despite being seemingly forever on deadline, Jerry could not only boil down the most significant points events and legislature into language both approachable and understandable for the uninitiated, but he was also generous with his counsel and guidance for other reporters wrestling with their pieces while simultaneously working on his own items and putting the paper to bed. So, now Jerry gets to go to bed at a reasonable hour…whatever time of the day or night that might be. But the best part of his retirement: he gets to hang out with his favorite editor (and painter), his wife, Eva. And that, as they say in journalism, puts a -30- on that.

    by Jim Nedelka

    November 21, 2014

  63. I'm so pleased to be among those who can proudly say "I knew him when....". We wish the very best for you.

    by Betty Hawkins

    November 21, 2014

  64. Jerry - does that mean I don't get Cuban cigars anymore? ;-) Love you Jerry! You have been a credit to your calls - ordained ministry and journalism. We will miss seeing your name at the top of the news...Godspeed and come visit us in Santa Fe...

    by Rev. Tony Aja

    November 21, 2014

  65. Thank you for your ministry! Enjoy retirement! It is great. Lou

    by Lou Haase

    November 21, 2014

  66. Dear friend, I am sad, very sad. I feel it was too early. The poet Antonio Machado said "temprano madrugo la madrugada" that may be translated "the morning woke up too early." Your achievements are jewels of recognition you collected along the years for your dedication as minister and your professionalism as writer. I congratulate you for your years of service but I feel sad we'll not have your words of truth and hope. Is not fair... the morning woke up too early.

    by Jose Luis Casal

    November 21, 2014

  67. Jerry, You've had a great run and good luck in all your future ventures. I do remember working with you in SF Presbytery and moving all of Mike Dunn 's belongings.

    by Dave Hawbecker

    November 21, 2014

  68. We will miss you, dear friend. You have served well. You have hunted down so many stories about faithful people who have had faithful responses to the Risen Christ. Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done.

    by Betty Meadows

    November 21, 2014

  69. Jerry, Although I'm almost 20 years older, we share 1988 as a pivotal year in our lives. I was elected the first Presbyterian Women Moderator and began to appreciate your work in keeping PCUSA informed. You and Eva have meant a lot to many of us. Our grand twins were born about when yours were. Enjoy your retirement.

    by Cleda Locey

    November 21, 2014

  70. Your disarming manner has helped the church deal with hard truths over the years, and has helped convince many people that something like a free press should exist in our church-- for its own credibility, if not only to help better decisions get made by better informed Presbyterians. You have kept a pastor's sense of how to humanize stories, a prophet's sense that truth should see the light, and a West coast resistance to formality and circumlocution. You have been trusted because you have trusted the church, and you have known and loved the church as a whole as well as the individuals in it. We are in your debt for every one of those frequent flyer miles.

    by Chris Iosso

    November 21, 2014

  71. Oh, my. I knew this day was coming, just didn't know when. For whatever part I had in this epochal process, I am grateful forever. You showed me what kind of shirt to wear ... and a great deal more.

    by Houston Hodges

    November 21, 2014

  72. Somehow opening a news page and not seeing the van Marter byline is going to feel empty for quite a while. God bless you on your onward path

    by maxine paedee

    November 21, 2014

  73. Thank you, Jerry, for your good and faithful service. I always depended on hearing a good word from you with your insightful reporting and your presentation of the facts. Well done!!!!

    by George Spransy

    November 21, 2014

  74. Thanks, Jerry. Your service to the church, your commitment to fairness, your ability as a writer to nail the important parts and your willingness to be a mentor to those of us, including me, who need a full share of mentoring go beyond compare. I miss you already and I'm afraid that missing you will continue for a long, long time. I can only repeat what Mike wrote: Well done, faithful and talented friend.

    by Duane Sweep

    November 21, 2014

  75. Jerry, Thank you for your years of faithful service! I honestly can't imagine PNS without you! Blessing upon you and Eva as you begin retirement. May you enjoy many years of well-earned relaxation! Shalom in Christ Jesus, Marilyn Gamm

    by Marilyn Gamm

    November 21, 2014

  76. Bravo Jerry! What a long, strange trip it's been! Hawaiian shirts everyday -- wait -- that's your normal attire so no change is necessary.

    by Dianna Ott

    November 21, 2014

  77. Jerry is a gem in the crown of the church. I always feel confident when I see him in a room, knowing that his love for the PCUSA and commitment to building up the Body of Christ guides all he does. Thank you, sir, for the years of service.

    by Landon Whitsitt

    November 21, 2014

  78. The denomination owes Jerry a debt of gratitude it can never repay. With love, precision, fairness and unfailing good humor, Jerry was there to write about Presbyterians at their best and when were less than our best. He's a valued friend and mentor who pulled me into his energetic orbit about 10 years ago and never let go. I am both happy to hear he's ready for his well-deserved rest and sad I won't be seeing his regular byline. Well done, my faithful and talented friend.

    by Mike Ferguson

    November 21, 2014