First Presbyterian to host guest pastors

First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven will host a series of guest pastors over the next month. Their names will be familiar to many in the community.
Jul 20, 2014


On July 27, the Rev. Dale Swihart will be their guest. He is recently retired from First Presbyterian Church in Fenton, and formerly served as an associate pastor at the Grand Haven church in the late 1970s.

On Aug. 10, the Rev. Dr. Laird Stuart will be the guest preacher. He most recently served as the senior pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and as the interim president for San Francisco Theological Seminary. In the late 1970s, Stuart served Grand Haven First Presbyterian as senior pastor.

On Aug. 17, the church will host the Rev. Dr. Riley Jensen. Rev. He is retired from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids.

First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Ave., invites the community to worship with them on Sundays. The traditional service starts at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service begins at 10:30 a.m.



Is there a REAL news story behind this?


Seems as though Pastor Cook needs another month off (with pay, in addition to the 5 weeks of paid vacation he already has) to handle his stress brought on by the problem that was thrust upon him re the assoc. Pastor Robertson's child abuse charges. Poor guy just can't seem to handle a pastor's responsibilities which, in this case,were mostly brought on by himself. He kept the ongoing details re the Robertson situation from the congregation who had to find out the details by reading the Tribune news story. He skated out of town when that news came out (time off planned way in advance) but just happened to come together by chance. Or just maybe, he didn't want to take any heat from some of the folks at First Presbyterian who might have some criticism regarding the keeping of pertinent facts re Robertson under the radar. Now he needs a month off to "gather himself together" recouping from the very high burnout which pastors get from their chosen professions? Robertson, by the way, is on leave with full pay and benefits while all of this is progressing. The Robertson situation is sad in that the young man did many good things at the church but the child abuse thing doesn't look as though it is going to disappear and if convicted, he can have nothing to do with the church because with that kind of thing in his history, it would cause the church to lose it's child care license.


That's a real story.


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