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Jerry Losh retires after 13 years

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Updated: Saturday, September 19, 2009 14:09

After 13 years of leading Baptist Campus Ministries, Jerry Losh will be retiring at the end of the school year.

"I feel that the Lord opened up an opportunity for me," Losh said. " I'll be 62 by the end of May, and its time for me to be in this position. I really enjoyed it, and I feel that God had a purpose for me to be here, but it is time for me to move on to a new chapter. I will miss the students so very much, but I will be moving on."

While still retiring, Losh will be accepting the position of the Minister of Senior Adults at the First Baptist Church of Hurricane in Hurricane, W.Va. It is the same church he was a youth pastor at for 20 years before accepting the post of BCM 13 years ago.

Losh said the thing he will miss the most will be his students.

"I will miss their energy, their excitement," Losh said. "They are so quick, so honest and willing to share from their heart. I love that. I think that there is a real joy to help students that are searching for direction in their lives."

Losh said while there are plans to find a replacement for the position, it is likely that the West Virginia Baptist Convention will not find a permanent pastor until after next semester.

"Whenever people think of me I hope they remember how much I cared about them, loved them, and how I really am concerned with their relationship with God," Losh said. "I want them to think of me as a person of integrity. I did what I said I would do."

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