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Retired Pastors Drawn to VMRC

October 25, 2019
Categories: Our Community

About 10% of VMRC’s resident demographic have had the same “job” but their job titles have varied.

These 69 VMRC residents are retired Pastors, Missionaries or Chaplains, having served in at least 33 countries and representing 8 denominations.

Recently, the Pastoral Care team hosted a reception for this group.

“We greatly appreciate these residents and their contributions to our campus community,” said Chaplain Steve Landis. “Their rich experiences of serving Christ in churches and ministries, both near and far, have shaped their lives.  Many of them continue to share their gifts through preaching, teaching, and offering prayers and support to neighbors. We want these residents to feel valued and appreciated for their years of ministry.”

Numerous residents continue to volunteer or work on a part-time basis in roles that include volunteer chaplain, Bible Study leader and ministering to those with incarcerated family members.  

Did you know?

* 69 VMRC residents have served as Pastors, Missionaries or Chaplains

* Of those 69, 8 denominations are represented

  • 50 Mennonite
  • 8 United Methodist
  • 4 Presbyterian
  • 3 Baptist
  • 1 Assembly of God
  • 1 Church of the Brethren
  • 1 Episcopal
  • 1 Lutheran

* 41 residents are spouses of pastors (15 of whom are widowed)

* Residents have served in at least 33 countries including:

Albania, Austria, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad, Venezuela, Vietnam

What draws this group to VMRC? According to Chaplain Landis, perhaps a combination of things, “I often hear these residents, and others, comment that they are so grateful to have the privilege of living in a Christ-centered community, where there are many opportunities for worship, Bible Study, prayer and freely living out their Christian lives.  They feel this is a unique strength of VMRC and spread the word to their friends.”


 

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