TONASKET - Nearly 20 years after first stepping into the pulpit at the Tonasket Free Methodist Church, the Rev. Ron Wise is retiring at the end of the month.

The Rev. Ryan Willson, a former youth pastor for the church who returned two years ago from serving as a missionary in Malawi, will succeed Wise as the church's lead pastor.

"It came down to the Lord releasing me from my call," Wise said. "The over-arching thing was that I have seen guys who have stayed too long, and I didn't want to be that guy.”

A finger food luncheon is planned at noon Sunday, Dec. 27, to celebrate the Wise’s retirement at the 1 Stanton Loop Road, off Havillah Road.

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