Cape Gazette

Epworth celebrates service of Rev. Jonathan Baker

Mar 27, 2013
Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity
Celebration of Pastor Baker
Video of The Rev. Jonathan Baker's retirement celebration March 17 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. (Video by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Musicians perform special song
Doug James on piano and John Thompson on guitar perform a song written especially for the event. (Video by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Sen. Ernie Lopez presents resolution
Sen. Ernie Lopez presents a resolution honoring retiring pastor, The Rev. Jonathan Baker, of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. (Video by: Rachel Swick Mavity)


On March 17, friends, family and parishioners celebrated the service of Rev. Jonathan Baker at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Baker served the church twice for a total of 19 years during his 40 year career.

He and his wife, Donna, announced their retirement last month, effective April 1. The couple plans to spend time with family and work on global mission projects.

"We now have to share him with the world," said Epworth lay pastor Thom Pemberton.

During the celebration, a posse of clowns celebrated Grace Note, the clown portrayed by Donna Baker during her time at Epworth. Three clowns presented gifts to the Bakers.

Shown are Donna and Jonathan Baker, seated, as “Earth Song” played by Loretta Smith presents a gift.

The Rev. Jonathan and Donna Baker stand surrounded by friends during the March 17 event, which featured music and praise. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Donna Baker accepts a picture and a heart on behalf of Grace Note, her clown persona. Presenting to Baker is “Sunbeam” played by Carole Silbaugh and the Epworth Clowning for Joy Group. Clowning for Joy clowns help raise spirits both within and outside the church. The clowns regularly visit patients at Beebe. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Performing an original song for the Rev. Jonathan Baker are (l-r) John Thompson on guitar and Doug James on piano. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Front and center, Donna and Jonathan Baker enjoy a musical performance. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
The Epworth handbell choir gets in on the action during a song of praise. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
The choir kickstarts the celebration with an uplifting song of faith, energizing the audience. Shown are Music Director Judy Moore, with Master of Ceremonies Thom Pemberton with the choir. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
“Good Book” played by Ray Book waits to make his entrance. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
Members of Epworth's Clowning for Joy group sing the praise song during the Rev. Jonathan Baker's retirement celebration. (Photo by: Rachel Swick Mavity)
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