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W.Va. pastor to retire after 42 years of service

May 18, 2012

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Rev. Richard A. Kroll, lead pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, has announced his retirement after 42 years of service to the United Methodist Church.

Kroll is a 1964 graduate of Fork Union Military Academy and a 1968 graduate of Tusculum College. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke University in 1972. He was ordained a deacon in 1970 and an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1974. 

Over the past 41 years of service to the Baltimore Washington Conference, he has served congregations in Boonsboro, Williamsport, Baltimore, Carroll County, Md., and Martinsburg W.Va., and began his final appointment at Asbury United Methodist Church in July 2003.

Kroll said he is looking forward to many new beginnings as he enters retirement. His plans include doing projects around his home in Williamsport, vacationing and touring with his wife, Mary Lois, and serving as a volunteer at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Park.

The Asbury congregation will hold a service of celebration honoring Kroll’s career on Sunday, June 3, at 10 a.m., with a reception following the service in Williams Hall.

The community is invited as the church pays tribute to Kroll for his service to Asbury and to Christ.

For more information, call the church at 304-725-5513.

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