Black retiring as Peace UCC pastor

She’s waiting for God to lay out her future
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Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21.

Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21. She is retiring but not leaving the area since her husband, Paul, has his business here.

“I’m sticking around,” Black said.

When she finishes her last service, Black must find a new church and cut all ties with Peace. An interim pastor will continue services until a permanent replacement is found.

Black, who was ordained July 11, 1993, has been at Peace for over 15 years.

“I came with a particular set of gifts for ministry, and I feel I used those gifts well,” she said.

Black said the church is going through a transition like most churches and needs to reinvent itself. A new pastor will have “a different set of gifts to take members into the future,” she said.

Black will take some time off and not make plans for a while other than gardening, painting the house, working on photo albums, reading, and traveling with her husband of 46 years. They have two daughters.

She will miss being part of the congregation.

“I’ve grown to love them,” Black said. “They are extended family, and it isn’t easy to say goodbye.”

Having reached retirement age, she said the time was right for her to retire.

“At some point you know when it’s time to move on,” Black said.

That doesn’t mean she won’t be involved in pastoral service.

“I’m waiting for God to reveal the next chapter of my life,” Black said.