John Robson will serve as our Pastor of Visitation. John returned to us in the spring of 2022 and is in charge of visiting and calling our homebound members, members in the hospital and care facilities, and will assist with our home communion team. St. John’s is excited to have this service for our members and friends. A little information about John can be found below.
John first became a volunteer staff member at the invitation of Rev. Daniel Meister. He assisted with pastoral care, hospital and home visits, joined in the weekly gathering of the prayer group, and other opportunities to learn and serve. He continued to assist Rev. Bierkan, only departing to accept the role as Commission Lay Pastor of the Winchester Presbyterian Church, 2017-2021. With the kind referral of Michael Sullivan, Rev. Barry and the Pastoral Committee interviewed John and invited him back to take up again pastoral visits, especially with those who are homebound or find themselves under hospital care or therapy.
The joy of returning to service at St. John’s is the warmth and friendliness of all. Church leadership witnesses the commitment to serve the needs of the community of Newport and Campbell County. And the needs are great. St. John’s had not shied from being the model of Christian love and service.
John continues in a variety of roles with the Presbyterian Church, mainly as ‘pulpit supply’ for small rural churches as needed — and there seems to be a sustained need.
His wife, Elizabeth, and he live but a block away on Linden — a convenient walk to church. In free time, Elizabeth and he (retired librarians — of course) are serous readers of books — often American history. Second Mondays of the month find them at the Newport Book Club in the backroom of Coach’s Corner.