PASTOR RESIGNS Pastor Mahan Resigns After 40 Years At Lutheran Church
Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Jan. 15, 2012 9:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 12:55 PM EST
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A leader in Charleston's religious community preached his last sermon Sunday morning. Pastor Richard Mahan with St. Timothy Lutheran Church is retiring after 40 years.
Mahan says, "I'm at a point where I want to spend more time with family and travel some. It's been a wonderful ride. Do what you love, and love what you do."
You might recall Mahan made national headlines two years ago when the National Lutheran Church allowed gay clergy. Mahan made his position on the denomination's decision to allow gay clergy very obvious by blacking out "Lutheran" on St. Timothy's sign.
Over the years, Mahan preached more than 6,000 sermons. His congregation grew from 40 to 600 members over the years. Mahan plans to still be involved with the church, but not as Pastor.