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Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church going through transitions

The Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church’s current pastor, Phred Cain, will be retiring soon. His last Sunday to present the message is June 30.

 Pastor Cain has been at Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church for four years. He has a new appointment as a three-point half-time charge at Stokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Montgomery United Methodist Church and Camden United Methodist Church. He is moving back to his "home state" of Michigan and will be living closer to his family.

Woodruff Grove will have a Farewell Worship time at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, with special guest Telly Speicher and his band performing. After worship time there will be a carry-in dinner in the fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome to come and say goodbye to a good friend of Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church.

Pastor Phred has been the pastor of United Methodist churches in Indiana for 25 years: in Orange County, Indianapolis, Princeton, Parke County, Washington, and Wolcottville. For 10 years he was a chaplain – five years at the Ft. Wayne State Developmental Center where he worked with developmentally disabled adults. For four of those years he was also a part-time chaplain at the Ft. Wayne Rescue Mission where he worked with homeless people, 80 percent of whom had drug and alcohol dependency problems. Another five years he was a staff chaplain at Methodist hospitals in Gary and Merrillville.

Rev. Cain is originally from Jackson, Mich. He did his undergraduate work at Jackson Community College and the University of Michigan. He earned master degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, Christian Theological Seminary and Indiana State University.