After 11 years of able and dedicated leadership, our pastor – Dr. Michael J. Clingenpeel – has announced his retirement set for Sunday, November 22. His retirement closes an active ministry of 45 years dating back to summer youth ministry in Roanoke and including four pastorates and the editorship of the Religious Herald from 1992 until coming to River Road Church in September 2004.

Three events will mark the long and effective ministry of Mike and Vivian. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 5. Reserve the following dates on your calendar:

Friday, November 13Evening Open House in the Fellowship Hall for members and friends 5:30-8:00 p.m.
This will be an opportunity to personally greet Mike and Vivian and express your appreciation for their ministry. Child care is planned. RSVP by clicking here or filling out the form below. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.

Wednesday, November 18Wednesday Night Dinner & Program
Dinner will be extra special and followed by an enjoyable program in the form of a roast of Mike. The congregation will have an opportunity to send Mike off with warm wishes and a hearty laugh as we hold a banquet to honor him and Vivian with some good-natured ribbing. RSVP by filling out the form below.

  • Reservations are full.
  • You may sign up for the waiting list.
  • If you have signed up, or have a standing reservation, and cannot attend, please contact the church office to remove you from our list to make room for someone on the waiting list.
  • Even though dinner reservations are full, we hope you will still join us for the program, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and coffee will available for guests who were not able to get on the dinner list.

Sunday, November 22Pastor’s Retirement Reception
On the pastor’s last Sunday there will be a reception following the worship service and presentations will be made on behalf of the congregation.

The events are planned by the Pastor’s Retirement Celebration Committee consisting of Nancy and Fred Anderson, co-chairs, Margaret Almond, Fred and Ann Bagwell, Ransone Hartz, Wyatt Heisler, Clint Hubbard, Susan Rucker, Bill Stanton, and Roy and Jane Terry.


Please fill out this form if you would like to attend the Open House Reception and/or Wednesday Night Dinner & Program.

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