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Pastor transitions

Here are reports related to “passing the baton” of pastoral leadership in two GCI-USA congregations where, after many years of service, the lead pastors are retiring from GCI employment.


L to R: Rick Shallenberger, Julie and Jason Frantz,
George and Vicki Hart

As reported by GCI-USA Regional Pastor Rick Shallenberger, November 5 was “a day of celebration, reflection and affirmation” as George Hart and his wife Vicki were recognized for 33 years of service to GCI, with 21 years serving as lead pastor in one of GCI’s Cincinnati, OH, area congregations, and several years serving as a district pastor.

After presenting the Harts with a special gift, Rick prayed, asking God to bless the coaching and consulting ministry George and Vicki are launching. Rick then installed Jason Frantz as the new lead pastor of the congregation. Following that, George ordained Julie Frantz as a GCI elder. After the service, all shared a meal where members shared stories of affirmation and thanksgiving for the Harts.


Sandy and Mike Swagerty

As reported by GCI-USA Regional Pastor Tim Sitterley, November 4 in the Sacramento, CA, congregation was a day for celebrating the 50 years that Mike Swagerty has served in full-time, employed pastoral ministry (including several years as a district superintendent). During the celebration, which included a formal dinner, Mike’s long career was highlighted along with the many ministry contributions of his wife Sandy. The celebration included the presentation of a certificate of appreciation given Mike by the mayor of Sacramento.

In January, 2018, Mike will be retiring from GCI employment. At that time, he will be replaced as lead pastor in the Sacramento congregation by Dwight Sanders, who currently serves as a pastoral resident in the congregation.

Mike Swagerty and Dwight Sanders
at the celebration dinner

All the best to the Harts and Swaggertys. We deeply appreciate these two pastoral couples, and are thankful to them and to God for their many years of ministry within our fellowship.

Cards may be sent to:

George and Vicki Hart
8133 Eastdale Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45255-4559

Mike and Sandy Swagerty
8331 Northvale Way
Citrus Hts, CA 95610-0802

6 thoughts on “Pastor transitions”

  1. Thanks George, Vicki, Mike, & Sandy for your wonderful and inspiring examples of faithfulness and loyalty and service! In this self centered day and age, it’s not always easy to find folks who stay committed and faithful for so long, and continue to do so. And considering all the hills and valleys we’ve traveled through in our journey of faith, you all are truly amazing, to the glory of God working in and through you!

  2. I can only humbly echo the expressed sentiments. You certainly have my thankfulness and sincere admiration as you are all true heroes of the faith. May the Lord grant you much happiness and deep satisfaction as you transition into your next station in His service.

    In Him,

  3. Special congratulations to Mike and Sandy, and George and Vicki for the “full pull” of service in ministry! You have been a great blessing to God’s people over your many years of selfless service. May the Lord bless and guide you in the next chapter of life! Ray and Carol Meyer

  4. To my elder brothers and sisters, Mike and Sandy, George and Vicki, it is a great encouragement to see you all finish well and strong in your full time work. I am glad to have known you in person and cheering you in as you start another chapter in ministry – Coaches, cheerleaders, prayer partners, friends as you help others press on.
    Take care of yourselves. We love you!

    Philippians 1:6
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ!

    Eugene and Lulu Guzon

  5. Mike and Sandy Swagerty, my Elder brother& Sister,(50 years of faithful service in mission with Jesus!)I am looking at you both with a great admiration. I remember the many occasions when we met in Pasadena during some refreshing courses for Ministers…Let’s Praise the Lord!
    Joseph & Georgette./GCI/HAITI

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