Gordie Barry

Gordie Barry, pastor at Stevensville United Methodist Church, will preside over his final service at the church Sunday. Barry is retiring, and moving to the Grand Rapids area.

STEVENSVILLE — Sometimes it takes doing something you don’t want to do to learn what it is you are called to do.

For Gordie Barry that realization came in the late 1970s on the open road between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa as he was nearing the end of a 1 1/2-year stint selling kitchen cabinets.