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Church pioneer Platz retires

Forty-two years after her ordination, Elizabeth Platz will retire May 31 as pastor of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Platz, the first woman ordained as a Lutheran pastor in North America, served her entire call at the university.

Ray Ranker, associate chaplain, will succeed Platz, effective June 1.

Celebrating Platz's contributions, campus ministry leaders will hold a May 6 worship service, a May 23 open house, and direct offerings to the Elizabeth Platz Endowment Fund to help grow the ministry.


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