Good-bye and thanks to evangelist Hani Odeh from Beit Sahour

Hundreds from Beit Sahour community and the ELCJHL said thank you and goodbye to evangelist Hani Odeh, who was headmaster of the Beit Sahour Lutheran school and evangelist from 1984-2005.

Hani was born and raised in Beit Sahour, and attended the Beit Sahour school, which then only went up to 6th grade. He then taught at the school and went to Lebanon to study law, alternating months. After working in business with an electronics business, he was asked again to teach and then to become both headmaster of the school and preacher at the church in 1984.

During Hani’s tenure, the church was refurbished and the school grew up through senior high. He retired from the school in 2005, when they realized the Beit Sahour school needed a fulltime and separate headmaster. Vicar Imad Haddad, to be ordained Sunday, March 2, will succeed Hani and become the first full-time Pastor of the Beit Sahour Lutheran Church.

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Thanks to one retiring evangelist, welcome to two newly ordained pastors this weekend

Rev. Imad Haddad Rev. Saliba Rishmawihani

(left to right) Pastor Imad Haddad, Pastor Saliba Rishmawi, and Evangelist Hani Odeh

Please keep the ELCJHL and these men in your prayers this weekend as we mark two important occasions. Saturday we will celebrate Beit Sahour’s Evangelist Hani Odeh’s almost 25 years with the church and school at his retirement party. Sunday, Mr. Imad Haddad and Mr. Saliba Rishmawi will be ordained at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. Pastor Rishmawi will serve at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation with Pastor Jedallah Shihadeh and Pastor Haddad will serve at the Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour.