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Pastor Van Patten leaving North Creek United Methodist Church

Pastor Kristi Van Patten

Pastor Kristi Van Patten

— Pastor Kristi Van Patten is leaving the North Creek United Methodist Church for a new assignment at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Green Island, N.Y. starting July 1.

Van Patten first came to the NCUMC in July of 2001 as a young pastor, right out of seminary. She immediately won the hearts of the North Creek congregation with her vitality and inspiring homilies. Van Patten left in May of 2003 for another appointment in Washington County and then took family leave from there in the spring of 2005.

In January 2008, the NCUMC congregation warmly welcomed back Van Patten and her 3-year-old daughter, Kylie, to officially began her second tenure at their church. Their presence added new enthusiasm in the congregation. Van Patten participated in Sunday School and in Vacation Bible School in conjunction with St. James Catholic Church, next door neighbor. Her “Tea and Theology” adult classes consisted of inspiring discussions and studies of religion.

Van Patten and will be sorely missed by the North Creek congregation, who loved and appreciated her but are looking forward to welcoming Pastor Terry Mosholder and his wife, Shirley, at the NCUMC July 1 service at 10 a.m.

New pastor arrives at North Creek

Pastor Terry Mosholder will become the new spiritual leader of the North Creek United Methodist Church effective July 1.

Mosholder was born in Johnstown, Pa. in 1947 and graduated from Johnstown High School in 1965. He served in the United States Marine Corps in 1965-1969: in Vietnam in 1966-1967. He was a locomotive engineer with Conrail 1971 to 1979 when he became a student local pastor in the United Methodist church until 1987.

Mosholder graduated from Pittsburgh University in 1987 with a BA in Sociology and from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1991 M/Div. That same year, he married his wife, Shirley, who was an ordained Presbyterian pastor. They have four children: Shannon, 38; Jennifer, 36; Terry, 36; and Heidi, 34) and two stepchildren (Mark, 40; and Michael, 35).

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