The Reverend Charles Balfour, rector of St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge and Regional Dean of Golden Ears deanery will retire after more than 20 years of ministry in that parish.
St. John the Divine is the oldest church building in the diocese and Reverend Balfour has been an excellent steward promoting the parish's heritage by organizing an outstanding sesquicentennial celebration in 2009 and a 155th celebration in 2014.
An accomplished musican and composer, Charles has also blessed the parish with original service music that they will use in worship for many years to come.
There was a combined birthday/retirement party held on November 20th and his last Sunday as rector of the parish will be December 27. Please help commemorate Charles's remarkable career in ministry by sending prayers and best wishes for a happy and blessed retirement.