An end of a preaching era

Med Bow Pastor retires after 25 years


Mike Armstrong

Gary Wilken the minister at United Methodist Church in Medicine Bow says goodbye after 24 years to his congregation that gathered after his service.

Gary Wilken has been a minister at the Medicine Bow Methodist Church for just shy of a quarter century.

Wilken went to Colorado State University (CSU) and attained his undergraduate degree and then went to Berkley for his masters in religious studies.

While at CSU Wilken became acquainted with police officers of the town.

"They shared with me the need for a chaplain," Wilken said. "Because of all the divorce, suicide and stresses that come with law enforcement and that sort of became the focus of what I wanted to do in the ministry."

Wilkens said, unfortunately, police chaplains don't get...

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