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Hayes Retirement

The First Christian Church in Mattoon will celebrate the retirement of Pastor Steve Hayes on June 2. Pictured, Pastor Steve Hayes and his wife Marianna.

MATTOON -- The First Christian Church of Mattoon, 1600 Wabash Ave., invites the community to help celebrate the retirement of Pastor Steve Hayes after 27 years of ministry.

Steve has served since 2012 at FCC, after a successful ministry in central and southern Indiana and Florida.

A reception will be held at the church from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday, June 2.

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Prior to coming to Mattoon, Steve served in Vietnam, worked for 22 years in the shoe business and then achieved a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Kentucky Christian University. He jokes: “I went from selling soles, to saving souls.”

Steve and Marianna plan to stay in Mattoon and make frequent trips to Indiana to spend time with the grandchildren.

Steve will do supply preaching and plans on continuing as a part time fitness instructor in TRX and indoor cycling at the Mattoon YMCA.

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