Rev. Franklin Reding, assistant to the stated clerk and records manager, is retiring on June 30. Franklin joined Presbytery of the James in 1997 when he became pastor of Providence Church in Powhatan, a congregation he served until 2013. He was hired by the presbytery on a part-time basis in 2008 then became full time in 2013.
Franklin’s contributions to the presbytery are numerous. His knowledge of church and presbytery history, Book of Order requirements, and scriptural interpretation are reflected in each conversation with him. His patience and guidance have been a solace to those who have navigated the lengthy process to ordination. He has a gift for collaboration and sharing and he extends warm hospitality to everyone he meets. He will be sincerely missed.
As Franklin approaches this new chapter of life, we wish him the blessings of a long and enjoyable retirement. We offer praise and thanksgiving to God for his life, his faith, and his work.