May 16, 2007 Eugene, Oregon: After 17 years of faithful service, First Baptist Church’s senior pastor, Kimball Hodge, has decided to retire. Pastor Kim, as he is know by First Baptist’s members, cited his limited health as a contributing factor to his decision. He also stated that the church had, “come to a wonderful time of unity and blessing,” and that it was, “now time to enter a new chapter in our church life.”
In a letter to First Baptist’s attenders, Hodge said, “Lord willing, we will have a number of months together to express our love and appreciation for one another and to pray for each other. I believe that the most exciting and fruitful years of First Baptist are yet ahead and God is already preparing the shepherd who will lead you into that future.”
He and his wife Lynda are planning to continue their ministry until September 30th, 2007. He will be greatly missed.