JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS: West Goshen Church honors retiring pastor’s ministry

By Marcia Hall

A recognition and retirement celebration to honor pastor Norman Replogle and his wife, Melissa, was held on Sunday, Sept. 19, at West Goshen (Ind.) Church of the Brethren. One of his favorite Christian musicians, Honeytree, was invited as a special treat for this service, which was followed by a traditional Brethren carry-in meal.

Pastor Norman Replogle at his retirement celebration at West Goshen Church of the Brethren.

Pastor Replogle was licensed to the ministry at Bremen Church of the Brethren in 1977. He served short-term pastoral posts at New Paris (Ind.) Church of the Brethren, Bethel Church of the Brethren in Carleton, Neb., and Mount Joy (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, as he continued his studies earning a master of divinity degree in 1983. He served as pastor of Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren in Decatur, Ind., for 12 years from 1983-1995, Pine Creek Church of the Brethren in North Liberty, Ind., for 12 years from 1983-2007, and West Goshen for 13 years from 2007-May 13, 2020.

He and his wife, Melissa, were married in 1979 and raised four children together: Aaron, Jonathon, David, and Rebekah. They enjoy traveling and camping in our many national and state parks. He is an avid outdoorsman and talented woodworker. They are especially enjoying being able to spend a little more time with their children and grandchildren.

After spending all his years growing, learning, and serving in the Church of the Brethren, we wish both pastor Norman and Melissa Replogle many more years relaxing, enjoying, and serving as the Lord guides them.


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