Head of Washington Presbytery resigning
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The Rev. David Bleivik is resigning as general presbyter of Washington Presbytery to become pastor of a former flagship church in Michigan that is seeking revival.
During his seven-year tenure in Washington and Greene counties he has tried to help churches transform themselves to reach changing communities. He was instrumental in hiring a "missionary to young adults" who meets with them in coffee shops to help them grow in faith.
He has been in the news because of litigation involving Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, where the majority voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) and join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. That had "very little" impact on his decision to leave, he said.
His last presbytery meeting will be Jan. 19. He will then become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, Mich., which once had 2,500 members but now has fewer than 1,000.
First Published December 18, 2007 12:00 am