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New pastors coming to local churches

The first United Methodist Church of Warrensburg has been without a pastor since Dawn Roberts left to go to Hudson Falls. A volunteer lay leader Linda Harrington has taken over the church's administrative duties. Linda said this week that the parish leaders are "rethinking church" seeking to extend its influence into the community.

The church leaders have recruited an interim pastor Stephen Andrews from Hudson falls who is not a fully accredited pastor yet. Andrews has been in training for many years to become a pastor, and he is scheduled to complete his training in April.

Linda said it is almost certain he will be assigned to the Warrensburg United Methodist Church The congregation is renovating the parsonage on King St. and hopes to have it ready for the new pastor to move into.

Linda advised me that like any other faith, the church is struggling to find young people to lead their parishes. The current age of most people who become pastors is 55-plus. Andrews is 62.

The First Baptist Church of Warrensburg has also recently undergone a change of leadership. Pastor Roger Richards has left Warrensburg.

The church has a long-time communicant of the Church, Ron Burdett, filling in as Pastor. Ron told me this week he has been voted in by the congregation to be the permanent pastor. Burdett received his training in ministry from Word of Life Bible College. Burdett has been a member of The First Baptist Church in Warrensburg for 13 years. Burdett's formal installation should occur in the next couple of months.

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