Pastor Joe retiring after Medley of service

Minister exiting following a dozen years in SH, where he's pastored two churches


December 29, 2021

Scott Swanson

Pastor Joe Medley stands in the sanctuary at Fir Lawn Lutheran Church, where he's served since 2009.

Joe Medley's 12½ years of service as a pastor in Sweet Home have been, in a word... well, it's kind-of hard to explain in a word. 

Medley became pastor of Fir Lawn Lutheran Church in September 2009, working as a tile contractor on the side.

In 2014 he was approached by the Sweet Home United Methodist Church, which had been lacking a pastor, and agreed to take on that role as well – at both churches. 

In 2012, recognizing that his Fir Lawn flock was aging – "congregations like ours, once blessed with many camp-age members, now find we have none," he said at the time – instigat...

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