Members of SS Peter and Paul Church in Lehighton are saying goodbye to their pastor. Father Michael Ahrensfield passed away unexpectedly Monday morning in the church rectory. The reverend was known simply as "Father Mike" to the parish community. Parishoners describe him as intelligent, quiet and kind. He was 64 years old, loved animals and could be seen in town saying hello to neighbors during his daily walks. Father Mike was assigned to SSPP ten years ago. Before that, he served as pastor at churches in Berks and Schuylkill counties. In 2015, Ahrensfield celebrated his 35th anniversary in the priesthood. Funeral services are expected to be held later this week.