New pastor coming to Trinity United Methodist Church

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
Pastor John Gerlach, his wife Joan, and their two children. Gerlach will serve Trinity United Methodist Church starting July 1. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Trinity United Methodist Church recently announced a change in the pastoral guard, naming John Gerlach as the new leader of the church located at 180 Park Ave.

The change comes as a huge one for members of the church, who have enjoyed the leadership of Pastor Roy Jacobsen for the past 16 years. The church said Jacobsen and his wife will be retiring to Rhode Island, where they will make their home.

Gerlach comes from the publishing industry and will be joining the church on July 1, when he will take over full-time. Gerlach has been a pastor for 15 years and will serve as the senior pastor at the church.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve such a vibrant and dynamic congregation,” Gerlach stated in a message released by the church. “I am excited to share my gifts and experiences.”

The church will be holding a retirement party for Jacobsen on June 12, and church members are encouraged to attend the event, which will take place following the regular Sunday services at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

There is a $5 charge to attend the event and checks can be sent to Donna Myers at 34 Hampden Place, Windsor, CT 06095.

Jacobsen said his choice to retire was a hard one to make and said he will miss the interaction with the people in the community.

“I have been here since the bishop assigned me here in 1995,” said Jacobsen. “I have had a great opportunity to be a part of many things while I have been here.”

Jacobsen lauded the growth of the church and its many ministries since he became pastor, and believes that the momentum will keep going with Gerlach taking over.

“We have had great strides with the Christian school and different building projects that have happened during the past few years,” said Jacobsen. “This church is getting a great new pastor, and he will continue making this community move forward.”

Saying that his favorite part of being a part of the community has been introducing Christ into everyone’s lives, Jacobsen said he plans to take his retirement to wherever the Lord takes him.

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