LEWISTOWN - The Rev. Donald Weidman's dedication to the Christian and Missionary Alliance will be celebrated Sunday with worship and a reception at Pine Glen Alliance Church, in Lewistown.
After more than 40 years, Weidman is retiring from full-time active pastoral ministry.
Weidman, who grew up in the Bloomsburg area, said he was called to minister early in his life but didn't serve in a pastoral role until he was about 31 years old.
Donald Weidman, left, is pictured with his wife, Faith. Weidman will retire from full-time active pastoral duty after worship set for 10 a.m. Sunday at Pine Glen Alliance Church, in Lewistown.
"Even in my late teen years, I was sensing that the Lord wanted me to be in the ministry," he said.
Weidman pushed that thought aside. At that time, he was working in Philipsburg where he met his wife, Faith, and started a family. But he felt the Lord renewing his call to serve, he said.
The family packed up their things and moved to Georgia, where Weidman finished Bible college. He then applied for a pastoral position in the eastern Pennsylvania district of the CMA. Weidman said he first served in 1974 at Holliday Alliance Church, then was involved in a church plant in Mill Hall, near Lock Haven.
In 1980, Weidman came to Lewistown and served at Lewistown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Juniata Terrace for more than nine years.
Weidman will retire from his current position as lead pastor at Pine Glen Alliance Church, where he has been serving for 10 years and eight months.
Over the years, Weidman said the CMA's basic doctrine has remained solid. Changes to the church in his time of service have mainly been cosmetic - Weidman cited some shifts in worship style and mission outreach.
During his service in the area, Weidman and his wife also founded and operated a radio station, WQJU-FM, in 1985 in Mifflintown. He said the station provided non-denominational Christian programming. The station was sold to Way Truth Life radio in January 1993.
A worship service to conclude Weidman's ministry at Pine Glen is set for 10 a.m. Sunday. A reception will be held after the service. There will not be Sunday school this week.
After retirement, Weidman said he and Faith will move to New Cumberland. He plans to remain available for pulpit supply ministry and short-term interim work. Weidman said their daughter, Barbara, lives there and he is well acquainted with the area. The Weidmans also have three sons, Craig, Douglas and Jay, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.