Rev. Manuel Sykes announces retirement from St. Petersburg church - 2016-09-12

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F7.png Rev. Manuel Sykes announces retirement from St. Petersburg church September 12, 2016, Waveney Ann Moore, Tampa Bay Times

ST. PETERSBURG —The Rev. Manuel Sykes, pastor of Bethel Community Baptist Church, former president of the local chapter of the NAACP and would-be politician, announced his retirement to his congregation on Sunday.

Sykes, 59, has spent two decades leading Bethel Community, one of the city's most prominent African-American congregations. February would mark his 24th year there.

On Monday, he said that he had long planned to leave the church at 2901 54th Ave. S when he turned 55.

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{{cite news | first = Waveney Ann | last = Moore | title = Rev. Manuel Sykes announces retirement from St. Petersburg church | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/rev-manuel-sykes-announces-retirement-from-church-post/2293279 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = September 12, 2016 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}