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Lead Pastor at West Lawn UMC to Retire After 22 Years

by West Lawn UMC

Lead Pastor at West Lawn UMC to Retire After 22 Years

After 22 years of serving as the Lead Pastor at West Lawn United Methodist Church, the Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Raffauf will be retiring on June 30, 2022.

Raffauf’s ministry journey at West Lawn UMC began in 2000, and his official last day leading worship will be June 12, 2022.  On this Sunday, he will preach at the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM services. These services will include special music, a time of baptismal remembrance, and testimonies from those gathered. As a surprise for Raffauf, and to celebrate his love of Penn State football, the congregation will have a “White Out” this Sunday morning. All in attendance are invited to wear white clothing to show their appreciation of his service at West Lawn UMC. Beansies Coffee Truck will also be onsite for fellowship refreshments.

Pastor Jeff grew up in the West Lawn area and attended West Lawn UMC as a child. He considered it both a great privilege and a great challenge to minister in the community that played such an important role in his life.

During his tenure, Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Raffauf officiated at 230+ weddings, celebrated 380 baptisms, presided at 400 funerals, and received approximately 1,300 people into church membership, including 669 by profession of faith.

The list of significant highlights that occurred while Raffauf led West Lawn UMC are extensive. Some of these include the following:

Additional ministry highlights overseen by Raffauf include:

Raffauf, along with his wife, Cheryl, intend to remain in the community and be active in volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact: Kelly Rismiller, 610-507-9141, [email protected]