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The Tri-County Cooperative Ministries (TCCM), ELCA gathered to honor Pastor John Russell (“JR”) Westerfield Sunday, April 15 on the occasion of his retirement at festivities hosted by one of its member congregations Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton.  A catered meal was enjoyed by attendees which included members of his family.  Pastor Westerfield received a plaque-clock from the congregations of Zion, Moulton and Evangelical, Witting since he had served those congregations for nine years prior to the creation of the cooperative ministry, serving them for a total of 19 years.  TCCM also presented a plaque to Pastor Westerfield for his service from 2003 to 2012 and honoring him as “Family Man, Pastor, Storyteller, Humorist, Scouter, Dog Lover, Friend.”  Pastor Westerfield also received numerous cards and letters of appreciation for his service to the Lord and the Church, along with other gifts.  In addition to his years of service to TCCM congregations, Pastor Westerfield celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.

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The five congregations of TCCM, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, include Faith Lutheran Church, Weimar; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sublime; Evangelical Lutheran Church, Witting; Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton and St. Peter Lutheran Church of Prairie Valley, West Point.  TCCM is the first cooperative ministry with shared staff established in the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA on January 1, 2003.

Pastor Westerfield is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Seguin and Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Berkeley, California.  He and his wife Rhonda, a retired teacher and musician, reside in Seguin.

Pastor Westerfield will continue to assist Pastor Herb Beyer and the TCCM ministry on a contractual basis, preaching on Sunday mornings and at other services, and doing other ministry on an as needed basis.   The TCCM ministry also involves assistance from Pastor John Hunsicker and Synodically Authorized Minister John Schroeder.

In appreciation for your ministry of

Word and Sacrament to our congregations

Tri-County Cooperative Ministries

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sublime

Faith Lutheran Church, Weimar

St. Peter Lutheran Church, West Point

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Witting

Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton

2003 – 2012

REV. JOHN RUSSELL WESTERFIELD

“Pastor JR”

Family Man

Pastor

Storyteller

Humorist

Scouter

Dog Lover

Friend

Honored on the day of his retirement

April 15, 2012

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