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First Presbyterian Church Pastor Richard Mayforth retires

Dan McClelland

Pastor Richard Mayforth and wife Fran all smiles as they are celebrated by their church family and close friends at the Casablanca in Gouverneur. (photo by Jessyca Cardinell)

Pastor Richard Mayforth and wife Fran all smiles as they are celebrated by their church family and close friends at the Casablanca in Gouverneur. (photo by Jessyca Cardinell)

by Jessyca Cardinell

The Rev. Dr. Richard Mayforth made the decision to retire from his position as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Gouverneur after 10 years of service.

Church members, family and friends gathered at the Casablanca Restaurant in Gouverneur on the afternoon of Sunday, September 22 to honor and celebrate the pastor who has given so much to his church and community.

There was delicious food and great conversation, as many were able to share stories and experiences with the pastor over the last decade.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the great people of this church,” said Pastor Mayforth of his time with the church.

Although Pastor Mayforth was with the First Presbyterian Church for 10 years, he began his pastoral services in the year 1960. A 1957 graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, he continued his degree work graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1960 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He received his Doctorate of Ministry in 1989.

“I felt the clear call of God on my life to become a pastor,” said the Rev. Mayforth on becoming a pastor, which he has enjoyed for so many years.

As he retires, the pastor is keeping his plans simple and enjoyable.

“I plan to spend time with my family and friends, as well as with nature. That is something I really enjoy and don’t get to do enough,” Pastor Mayforth said.

Many expressions of best wishes were extended to the Rev. Dr. Richard Mayforth on the occasion of his retirement.

The gorgeous cake that was devoured by the guests of the luncheon celebrating Pastor Richard Mayforth's 10 years of pastoral services at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur. (photo by Jessyca Cardinell)

The gorgeous cake that was devoured by the guests of the luncheon celebrating Pastor Richard Mayforth's 10 years of pastoral services at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur. (photo by Jessyca Cardinell)