My wife and I are moving from Payson after seven years. It has been my privilege to serve the Mogollon Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as bishop for almost five years.
During this time, I have had the opportunity to serve on three different community committees with other clergy from Payson and Pine. These men and women of God have set dogma aside to work together in selfless service for the betterment of our community.
The citizenry of Payson is greatly blessed with sincere, devoted clergy each one of whom deeply cares about the community. I hesitate to name names as I will leave someone out, but I must pay them tribute.
Charles Proudfoot, Community Presbyterian Church; Richard Richey, First Church of the Nazarene; William L. Gyure, St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church; Simone Lake, Church on Randall Place; Tom Gossett, Indian Trails Mission; Dan Tantimonaco with help from Bob Horne, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Lowell Andrews, The Church of the Holy Nativity; Jerry Green; Ed Blair, retired Lutheran minister who serves on the town council; Roger Kreimeyer, a volunteer from my own congregation and the entire staff of St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
These ministers, priests and volunteers are concerned with the needs of our community. They lift and help others, often at the great sacrifice of their own needs.
They give freely of their time. Payson is blessed to have each of them. Much good goes on at many other churches of which I am not aware.
I congratulate the entire clergy of Payson for enhancing our community and making it a much better place. I am honored to have served in a small way with a few of these devoted individuals and leave praying God’s blessing on them and this very special town.
Rodney J. Ross