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First Christian Church of Venice Lead Pastor Phil Schmunk, center, performed water baptisms in 2016 for Julene Wormuth and Joni Vachon, to his left, and Danielle Eghareva and Paul Vachon, to his right. Schmunk has retired from the church and is being replaced by Pastor Mitch Todd of Christmas, Florida.

VENICE — Pastor Phil Schmunk has retired as lead pastor of First Christian Church of Venice.

It was effective Dec. 31.

Pastor Mitch Todd was named as his successor.

Todd, of Christmas, Florida, served with Schmunk during December.

“Todd served as Lead Pastor of River Run Christian Church in East Orlando, for 22 years,” the church said. “Recently, he served congregations around the country with Christian Financial Resources, preaching and teaching on financial stewardship.”

Schmunk served the First Christian Church for the past five years and is a longtime resident of Venice. He and wife, Donna, will remain in the Venice area, the church said.

First Christian Church of Venice is located at 1100 Center Road, Venice.

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