Rev. Dr. Makari Elected Pastor Emeritus

Philip15On October 25th, the Starkdale congregation was moved by affection and gratitude to continue an association in an honorary relationship with our recently retired pastor. The congregation voted unanimously to elect Rev. Dr. Philip Makari as Pastor Emeritus.

The title, Pastor Emeritus, is the highest honor given to a pastor, and that is what the Session and congregation intended for our beloved pastor of ten years. The title may be seen as an expression of 1 Timothy 5:17, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”

Emeritus comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one’s discharge by service. It is an honorary title bestowed upon one who has retired from a position (pastor, professor, or other professional) and implies no official duty or responsibility.

Conferring the status of Pastor Emeritus upon our retiring pastor is a way for our congregation to say, “Reverend Makari, we hold you in a special place in our hearts, and you will always be a pastor in our congregation.”

The authority to give this honorary title to Rev. Makari was unanimously approved and placed in effect by the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the EPC.

Rev. Dr. Philip Makari is the first Pastor Emeritus in Starkdale’s history.  An induction service will take place at a date and time TBD. Stay tuned to the weekly announcements for details.