Eighteen years ago, the Office of the Bishop responded to the need congregations experienced for a person to whom they could turn for recommendations on resources of all types. This person would be a cradle Lutheran, theologically grounded in the Lutheran tradition, and possess a natural curiosity and love of learning.
Pastor David Webb, assistant to former Bishop William Trexler, knew exactly the right person for the job–Irene Flynn. Pastor Webb and Irene had worked together at Grace Lutheran Church in Tampa, where she was Director of Christian Education. After getting her feet wet on a temporary basis with the synod and developing a resource center, answering questions, and giving advice to our congregations and synod staff, there was no turning back. She was hired!
As life goes, however, Irene is now a grandmother five times over, and she can no longer resist the pull to spend more time with the grandchildren and her husband Truman. Last week, Irene let me know that she has decided to retire effective January 1, 2017.
Personally, I will miss Irene tremendously. She is a wonderful source of information as she helps me plan, organize and implement our annual events. To our congregations her advice and recommendations on books, videos, and speakers on any subject, is invaluable. Within our office staff, Irene is the epitome of a team player who will go more than the extra mile in all situations. We will miss her. Please join me in wishing Irene a long and happy retirement.
In these next few months, we will be assessing Irene’s portfolio and determining our missional priorities as we staff for 2017 and beyond.
+Bishop Robert G. Schaefer
Holy Cross Day
September 14, 2016