By Tracey Compton
Living Faith Presbyterian Church, formerly First Presbyterian Church of Renton, welcomed back current and former members, staff and pastors for the closing of the church that’s been in Renton for almost 127 years.
The Presbytery of Seattle held the official closing worship service Sunday afternoon (June 30) at the church, located just off Benson Road south.
Before the closing service began, members and attendees mingled in the fellowship hall, catching up and talking about what lies ahead.
Ken Finley, a retired pastor, who once served the church, said he felt mixed about the closing.
“I’m a little mixed about it, but you know the church is more than just a location and a building,” he said. “So in that light, it just kind of opens up doors for new adventures for people, who are part of this congregation.”
Rev. Amy Delaney, of Edmonds Presbyterian Church, also attended the event. She served at Living Faith from 1998 to the late 2000s. At that time the church was in transition, members having to make critical decisions about staffing because of funding. The church was not shutting down at that point, but going from staffing a pastor part time to full time.