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Nov 17, 2015 Written by 

Retirement Reception for Rev. Phil Barrett

Phil & Kerry Barrett Phil & Kerry Barrett
Rev. Phil Barrett was elected Stated Clerk and General Presbyter of the Des Moines Presbytery on Feb. 1, 1994 and has continued to serve the Presbytery since that time. During his tenure with the Presbytery, Phil has ministered to many churches, many pastors and a very large number of church members.

A retirement reception for Phil was held on Sunday, Nov. 22, to celebrate with and congratulate Phil on his retirement after nearly 22 years of service. It was held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Indianola from 2-5 p.m. There was a short program at 3 p.m.

Phil is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio, and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. His first call was as Assistant Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, NE. After 11 years there, he accepted a call to be the pastor of the Benson Presbyterian Church in the northern part of Omaha in October 1984. Phil and his wife, Kerry, have one adult son, Philip. He will officially retire at the end of this year.

“I am a Presbyterian both by tradition and by choice. I grew up in a Presbyterian household, one in which both parents were active at a number of levels. I attended countless meetings and activities that exposed me to our system. When I felt the call to ministry, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be within the Presbyterian Church," he said.

“More than anything else, being part of the Presbyterian system means I am connected with others in the faith. This is valuable to me because I value relationships. Joy and support come from them. I know that neither I nor the congregation I serve stand alone on a corner, but we are part of a larger group with a similar passion for serving Christ.

“People down the street, across the nation and around the world are joined in the mission of the church. Being in touch with one another in such a way allows us to do many more things than if we tried to operate without each other.”

Thank you, Phil, for your friendship, your leadership and your service! May God bless you in this next phase of your life.

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