Manistee pastor leaving church due to health problems

MANISTEE — The Rev. Patrick Pointer knows when he stands before his congregation at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday at Manistee Assemblies of God, it will be very emotional for him.

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

From that point on, he has suffered a vast array of other health issues, the causes of which have puzzled even doctors at the University of Michigan. Pointer therefore decided to submit his resignation to church authorities on 2 January.

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

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