Click to hear Rev. Keith Brown honored as FPCB’s first Pastor Emeritus, in a special ceremony during the June 24, 2018 worship service. Speakers include Pastor J.C. Austin, Session member Gail Watts, and Keith.
Pastor J.C. Austin quoted from the Letter to the Ephesians to point out that Keith had certainly lived “a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”
“We celebrate you, we rejoice in you, we give thanks to God for you, through this recognition,” Pastor Austin said in a moving testament to the impact Keith has had on the congregation, church, and denomination.
Session member Gail Watts presented Keith with a certificate reading: “With deep gratitude, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem bestows the honored title of Pastor Emeritus to the Reverend Keith Brown, for his exemplary leadership, steadfast love, and care as he served this congregation for 31 years, modeling God’s grace, humility, and word, well done, good and faithful servant. Much love to you and Carole.”
Keith tearfully accepted the honor, and in remarks quickly displayed the humor that characterized his preaching, by opening with how delighted he was to look up pastor emeritus in the Oxford Dictionary and learn that it meant “recognition to a retired pastor who is a great athlete, highly, highly intelligent, and very good looking.”
He acknowledged the support of his wife, Carole, who, to the congregation’s delight, arose from her seat in a front pew, turned, waved, and gracefully held her arms aloft to form the shape of a heart.
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