Pastor Overduin’s Article in New Horizons
In the December 2011 issue of New Horizons, on page 21, the following article regarding our former pastor appeared.
After 35 years as pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church of Long Beach, the Rev. Daniel
Overduin announced his retirement to the congregational meeting in January. His final
sermon, “Hesitation at the Border”, was delivered the morning of June 26, and a fellowship
lunch followed worship. At least 200 were there to honor Dan’s faithful ministry for
three and a half decades.
The Presbytery of Southern California will spread the following motion in its minutes:
Upon the retirement from regular pastoral duties of the Rev. Daniel Overduin, it
seemed fitting that Presbytery mark this occasion with a recorded thanksgiving to God
for raising up and equipping this godly and humble servant of the church and of her
Both the longevity and faithfulness of Dan’s ministry in this Presbytery require a
minute of recognition. Mr. Overduin has served the Lord in the bounds of this
Presbytery since his ordination March 8, 1968. He briefly served as associate pastor
in Manhattan Beach, before being called as pastor of our Beverly congregation in
1969. Faith Church, Long Beach, issued a call to him in 1975, and he has continued
in this position for 36 years.
Mr. Overduin has shepherded this congregation these many years until it has become
the warm and active family of God that it is today.
His service in this Presbytery includes several years in which he served as chairman of
our Missions Committee.
After 43 years of ministry in the Presbytery of Southern California, Pastor Overduin
has the distinction of seniority among us by many years. We are grateful to God for
this service, and we pray that he may find fruitful ministry among us for many years to