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Nagel to retire from Grace Covenant on Sunday

The Rev. Doug Nagel has been head pastor at Gloucester’s Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Main Street, for the past 20 years and will spend his last day in the pulpit is this Sunday, Feb. 25, one day before his 70th birthday.

“I always said I would retire when I’m 70,” said Nagel.

In retirement, Nagel is looking forward to rest, travel and playing croquet. He is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club in Hartfield. He will also serve as a pulpit supply preacher at different churches when a pastor takes a vacation or is sick.

Nagel will also take over moderator duties for the presbytery that serves the area from eastern Kentucky to Maryland. This is a four-year commitment that he will begin in April and involves running meetings and sitting on most committees.

During his time at Grace Covenant, his church has been involved in many community programs, including the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry, GUEST Shelter and, most recently, the Jubilee Churches of Gloucest...

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