Remembrance service Sunday for pastor of Lyndonville Presbyterian Church

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 May 2018 at 7:07 pm

LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville Presbyterian Church and an association of Lyndonville area churches are planning a remembrance service on Sunday for Catherine Benjamin.

She served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church for 11 years until she passed away last month. She started her career as an elementary school teacher and then worked 15 years as a principal in the Buffalo City School District. After she retired she earned a master’s of divinity at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and then started leading the Lyndonville church in March 2007.

“She was our beloved pastor,” said Kay Van Nostrand, a member of church’s board of session. “It was a sudden death and we’re reeling from it. She was a wonderful friend.”

There was a memorial service for Benjamin in Buffalo on April 23. Her congregation and the association of Lyndonville pastors – the Lyndonville Yates Ministers Association – will lead the service on Sunday.

Beth Malone of the United Methodist Church, Lyle Drake of Yates Baptist Church and Craig Rhodenizer of St. John’s Lutheran Church will all be part of the service.

“This is an opportunity for the Lyndonville community to express our remembrances and good-byes,” Van Nostrand said.

The service on Sunday starts at 7 p.m. The Presbyterian Church is located at 107 North Main St.

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