(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-Pastors can only retire in principle but cannot do so in practice because they will continue to defend the gospel anywhere they find themselves, as long as they live.
This observation was made by Rev. Vitalis John at the retirement thanksgiving service of Rev./Pastor (Mrs.) Chinemenum Ezinwo at the Assemblies of God Church 1, Rumuagholu 1 section of Ikwerre district in Rivers State on Sunday, 29 November, 2029. Rev. Vitalus John, who is the Ikwerre West District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, noted that the rest for a pastor on retirement from active pulpit ministry is for awhile, and with reduced pressures, but definitely not the end of service to God and to humanity, which according to him subsists until the end of life on earth.
While lauding Rev.Ezinwo for his fruitful years of service in the Assemblies of God and his decision to retire from active ministry in good health, Rev. Vitalis John advised Rev. Chinemenum Ezinwo and his wife to continue to sharpen their spiritual life because people will continue to come to them for counsels, prayers and preaching engagements.
In his own remarks, Rev. Chinemenum Ezinwo said that he was grateful to God for the opportunity to contribute towards the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth, stressing that his voluntary retirement at the age of 67 was only from regimented pulpit ministry, while the defense of the gospel remains his life long responsibility.
He thanked friends, relations who graced the occasion for their solidarity.
Meanwhile, speaking with newsmen at the event that also featured the presentation of a book on ‘Effective Fatherhood’, the publisher of Notable Outcome, who is also the younger brother of the celebrant, Iheanyi Ezinwo, thanked God for the grace that He granted his brother and his wife, Elspeth, to retire in good health after so many years of active services to God and to humanity.