This month, Pastor Peter Brown, senior pastor at St. Mark’s since 2006, will retire.

His final day in the pulpit will be Feb. 26.

A celebration to thank Pastor Brown for his years of service to St. Mark’s—and the Lutheran Church—will take place in the fellowship hall immediately after the 10:30am service.

Brown, 65, grew up in Miami, Fla., and has served the Lutheran Church (ALC and ELCA) for nearly 40 years.

During his career, before coming to St. Mark’s, Brown served five churches in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida.

Brown earned his degrees from Texas Lutheran University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

He also taught in the religion department at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., from 1994-1999.

He received his doctorate in theology in 1997.

On retiring, Brown says, “it’s a good time for me and it’s a good time for St. Mark’s.

I have enjoyed my time here among so many wonderful servants who have truly inspired me; I want to thank this entire congregation for the privilege of being your pastor for eleven years.”

Brown and his wife Ann plan to stay in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.