The rector at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church announced Tuesday that he would retire this year after serving for 16 years.
The Rev. Robert L. Sessum, 67, said he plans to retire Aug. 31 to travel and spend time with his wife.
"I've been thinking about this for several years and getting to the point where I would kind of like to get out of the full-time pressure of the ministry," he said. Sessum has been active in the ministry for 40 years.
This month, Good Shepherd paid off $4.2 million in building renovation debt incurred in 2000 and 2001. Further renovations, which could take years to complete, would be better served under a new leader, Sessum said in a news release.
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His ministry in Lexington was responsible for such programs as "24 hours on the street," which allowed individuals to experience homelessness for a night in 2003.
Good Shepherd, which has around 760 members, is involved with the Hope Center, Meals on Wheels, Shepherd's House for substance abuse rehabilitation, and other community service organizations.
The church is at 533 East Main Street.