Manistee pastor leaving church due to health issues


MANISTEE — The Rev. Patrick Pointer knows when he stands in front of his congregation at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday at the Manistee Assembly of Godit will most likely be a very emotional one for him.

After 20 years of faithfully serving the needs of the Manistee congregation, Pointer is stepping away from being their minister to focus his attention on his health issues. For the past two years he has been battling a series of health challenges that all began when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in June 2021, which he was able to overcome.

From that point, he has encountered a vast array of other health issues, the causes of which has puzzled even the University of Michigan Hospital doctors. That’s why Pointer said decided to tender his resignation to church officials on Jan. 2.

“The major decision was made because it was time to just step down and focus on my health,” said Pointer. “I am not actually retiring either, it’s just that I have to step down right now. We really do not know what the future holds at this time, and we have no plans to leave the community at this time.”


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