Matt Tucker, the new pastor for Bellefontaine and Lebanon United Methodist Churches, said he is most looking forward to “becoming part of the family.”
“I hope to love and be loved by the people at both churches and in the community,” Tucker said. “I definitely am looking forward to meeting people and learning about the churches history and where each of the members are in their personal journey in life. And most of all, I hope to help the work of the Lord in the area.”
The former director of youth ministry at First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko has been appointed as the new pastor, serving both Bellefontaine UMC with a 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, and Lebanon UMC with an 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services, as well as Wednesday night services.
Tucker is a 1999 graduate of Kosciusko High School. He attended Holmes Community College prior to a family crisis causing him to put his education on hold for a few years. While working in various positions, including construction and food service, Tucker has been able to take additional college coursework. He has completed lay speaking courses and he is a candidate for ministry training through the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, with the anticipation attending seminary.
Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent for the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, said as the director of youth ministry at Kosciusko First UMC, Tucker has been able to engage the youth at the church in various ministries including , Bible Study, mission projects character development , etc. Tucker also participants in various ministries of the church including —singing in one of the choirs, participating a lay servant training, and playing the role of “Jesus” in the Passion Play performance held as a ministry of First UMC Kosciusko, etc. Tucker will be reprising his role again this Spring.
“As district superintendent in the Starkville District I believe that Matthew will be successful as the new pastor of the Bellefontaine and Lebanon United Methodist Churches,” Jackson said. “Matthew is very energetic, humble and a student of the Bible. We. in the Starkville District, look forward to Matthew’s ministry among us.”
Monette Pearson, the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Chair for Bellefontaine UMC said she is very excited about the new pastor.
“ Matt brings a fresh and youthful spirit to our church,” Pearson said. “He is fully dedicated to the mission of our church, in that he has a servant heart and a love for us as brothers and sisters in Christ. You feel his enthusiasm when you are in his presence. And he has vision; a vision to grow our church and make sure all that are in community know that they are welcome to join us in worshiping the Lord. I love the energy our church is experiencing.”
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See this story in the July 30, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/07/30/tucker-looking-forward-to-becoming-part-of-the-family/