Farewell And Godspeed, Reverend Danner

Rev. John Danner is leaving Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Today a couple of hundred congregants, family and friends celebrated his ministry as senior pastor.  With music, remembrances, laughter and tears, he was thanked profusely for his 8 years of service.

The Sunday Thanksgiving Service included meditation, reflection and recognition of an ending.  A special luncheon offered final goodbyes, along with a skit by the high school youth group, and songs from the youth and adult choirs.

Moderator Michael Hendricks noted the changes brought by Rev. Danner — who began his Saugatuck ministry on Monday, September 10, 2001:

Eight years ago, we had no Vision Statement; we were not an Open and Affirming Church; we were not a Stephens Ministry; there was no Wednesday healing service, taize service, serenity service or youth service; the senior pastor did not teach the confirmation class; there was no annual youth or junior high mission trip; there were no Advent or Lenten quiet days; there was no men’s retreat.

Rev. Danner and is wife are moving to Florida.  He will be senior pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ — and closer to his grandchildren.

Rev. John Danner (left), his wife Linda, and family, friends and congregants.

2 responses to “Farewell And Godspeed, Reverend Danner

  1. hi to all hope all is well how is the new home not to great at talking this way how is all the family congratulations john on your new church wish well love donna

  2. Just stumbled across this and what a shock! was looking for your phone number so I could find out if your Mom was still in the infirmary? My Mom is now in assisted living at Pineview Commons. She is failing. Has Alshimers. Your picture is great. Printed it to add to my geneology “STUFF”

    Congratulations John! You have done a wonderful job and Linda you have to for being by his side!

    Hope all is well and hope to hear from you soon!Where in Florida are you located?

    Love to everyone!