A pastor of many pies

The Rev. Ray Bartels, pastor emeritus of Peace Lutheran Church in South Haven, holds a blueberry pie he recently made. Bartels has been baking pies for years. He is the subject of a new cookbook, “The Pastor’s Pies.”

SOUTH HAVEN — Even though Ray Bartels shed his cleric attire years ago, the 97-year-old is still taking care of his flock – only this time he’s wearing an apron and wielding a mixing bowl.

Bartels is the subject of a new cookbook, “The Pastor’s Pies,” which is filled with his favorite recipes for the hundreds of pies, cookies and breads he gives to family, friends and strangers.