More chuch leadership changes in Modesto-area region

snowicki@modbee.comJune 21, 2013 

Several senior pastors are retiring or have recently arrived to lead churches in the Modesto area. They include:

Steve Hanna, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Modesto — Hanna will retire at the end of July after 33 years at the Modesto church. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1973. He served as an associate pastor in San Jose before moving to Modesto.

Hanna also served as a chaplain for the Modesto Police Department from 1984-2002 and as a reserve police officer from 1984-2005, and was on the board of directors for Ralston Tower, a downtown housing facility for seniors.

Hanna has been married to his wife, Nina, since 1967. The couple has three daughters and eight grandchildren. He will be replaced by his co-pastor, the Rev. Dave Kerr, who has been at Trinity since 1982.

Woodrow Gubuan, Jesus Our Savior Anglican Church, Modesto — Gubuan arrived at the church several months ago as vicar, replacing the retired Rev. Tom Foster. The 5-year-old church dedicated its new facility at 3328 Oakdale Road on May 19.

Gubuan, a 67-year-old native of the Philippines, studied with the Spanish Dominicans and was ordained as a priest by the late Pope Paul VI in 1970. He has served in the Philippines, Italy, Canada and California, including St. John's Anglican Church in Stockton.

He is married to his childhood friend, Ruth. The two have two children and one grandson.

John Stensether, Crossroads Church of Christ, Turlock — Stensether retired at the end of May after 33 years as senior pastor at the church. He was ordained 50 years ago after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate in theology in the California Graduate School of Theology.

He served in churches in Southern California, New Jersey and Indiana before moving to Turlock.

Stensether married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, in 1966. She recently retired as a registered nurse from Doctors Medical Center. They have two children and eight grandchildren.

The Stensethers plan to stay in Turlock for the foreseeable future. "We're going to enjoy an extended vacation for the first few months," he said.

Bob Reichert, First Baptist Church, Turlock — Reichert is retiring after 29 years at the church. Reichert, ordained 49 years ago, also served congregations in Denver and Monterey. His last service will be June 30, when the church will hold a special retirement service for him at 10 a.m.

Reichert, a Colorado native, attended Denver Seminary. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and six grandchildren.

He will be replaced by an interim pastor, the Rev. Bruce Clatterbuck. The Ripon resident is the former regional executive director of the Conservative Baptist Association of Northern California.

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