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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lead pastor retires from Trinity Lutheran Church

July 29, 2013

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After a total of 39 years as a pastor, Gary Teske, currently the lead pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, is retiring.

Before moving to Lawrence in 2002, Teske was a pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Great Bend for 15 years. Prior to that, he was a pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. He started his career in 1974, serving at a church in Papua New Guinea.

Teske gave his last sermon Sunday, and his retirement will begin Thursday. He and his wife are in the process of moving to Topeka.

"We want to keep things open and really take a deep breath," Teske said. "We're going to enjoy the freedom and flexibility for a while."

Teske was a board member of the Lawrence Community Shelter and the Visiting Nurses Association and a member of the local Optimist Club. He said he plans to become active in the Topeka community and remain involved in ministry, to a lesser degree.

In addition, Teske said he will spend more time on his bicycle and with his grandchildren.

Comments

shipoffools 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Congratulations and best wishes Pastor!

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TalkSense 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Gary and Linda have been a real asset to Lawrence and a blessing to Trinity Lutheran. Gary's work on behalf of the Lawrence Community Shelter, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Family Promise, and the global mission of the church was extraordinary. He has also been a great colleague to pastors at other churches throughout his 11 years in Lawrence. He and Linda made a significant contribution since 2002 and our community will miss their presence and servant leadership.

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