The Congregation has called the Reverend Paul Eyer to be our new settled pastor. Here is a video introduction:
Listen to the sermon he gave on the Sunday he met the congregation.
Paul comes to us with many skills and varied life experiences. He was an attorney in his first career. He graduated from George Washington University in 1984 with a Juris Doctor degree and he worked in that field in his law practice, and as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator David L. Boren in Washington D.C. While Paul chose to study law, his heart was never far from the church. He grew up in a family that was active in the church and even as a teenager he wondered how he could pursue a life of public service. That goal of service to others led Paul to enter the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2006. While he was in seminary, he met his lovely wife, Jackie, who is also a UCC pastor in Pennsylvania.
Paul was a much-loved pastor at St Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, PA. where he served for four years. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he is very successful in building financial support for the seminary. While there, he also offers his support and guidance to the seminary students and continues to be a guest preacher at area churches.
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Earlier this year, the Pastor -Staff Relations Committee was charged with finding a Bridge Pastor to work ¾ -full time to cover our pulpit while the Search Committee worked with an Interim Consultant, the Reverend Barbara Lemmel, to find a Settled Pastor. Along with this, we have enjoyed the help of the Reverend Paul Hoffman who has worked very hard at filling our pastoral care needs. After some consideration, Barbara found herself called to offer her services to our congregation as Part-Time Interim Pastor until such a time as we can fill the position of Settled Pastor. We joyfully accepted her offer, and we are pleased to announce to you that she will begin working half-time, in conjunction with her long-time colleague and friend, the Reverend Paul Hoffman, who has agreed to continue with our church in his pastoral care function.
Barbara has preached for us a number of times this past year, and is very excited to share more of her experiences with us on a more regular basis. She has a rich history in ministry including a Master’s of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. She is a reconciling pastor within the United Methodist Church, and has been at the forefront of the Open and Affirming Movement in the UMC since the early 90’s. Barb was a settled pastor at the North Ferrisburg Methodist Church where she job-shared with Kim Hornung-Marcy while they raised their children. She also served as pastor to several UMC communities in both New York and Vermont. Currently, as her children are growing into young adulthood, she serves as a Parish Consultant for the New England UMC, and continues this. She also is the director of “Tending the Fire”, a program of formation for Clergy and Lay Leadership.
Please join us in welcoming Barbara Lemmel to our church community. She will begin her time with us by leading worship on the 25th of September.
The Pastor-Staff Relations Committee
Mission Of Peace
The Williston Federated Church has sponsored three your to be participants in Missions of Peace:
Elizabeth Dubois to China
Lillian Colletta to India
Ashley Dubois to India
Ashley Dubois was an adult leader in a subsequent Mission to South Africa.
The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community. sponsored by the Northeast Continue reading Missions Beyond Our Local Community
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