Manistee pastor leaves church due to health issues

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

After 20 years of faithfully serving the needs of the Manistee congregation, Poynter is stepping down from their ministry to focus on his health issues. For the past two years, he has battled a series of health challenges that began when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in June 2021, which he was able to overcome.

From that point on, he faced a myriad of other health problems, the causes of which baffled even the doctors at the University of Michigan Hospital. That’s why Poynter said he decided to tender his resignation to church officials on Jan. 2.

“The main decision was made because it was time to just retire and focus on my health,” Poynter said. “I’m not retiring either, I just have to retire right now. We really don’t know what the future holds right now, and we have no plans to leave the community right now.”

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