The United Church of Christ, also known as the UCC, has a new pastor leading services on Sunday mornings in West Liberty.
Paul Forrey (pictured) took over as pastor at the church in February and brings his 20 years of experience in ministry with him. Forrey started his ministry career in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and then moved to Florida where he worked as a pastor in both Bradenton and Miami before coming to West Liberty. Forrey believes there is a large difference between the cultures of Miami and West Liberty, but his transition of moving here has gone smoothly. He commented on the transition saying, “I wouldn’t say it has been difficult I’d say it has been fun.”
There are a number of aspects that Forrey really likes about the UCC denomination. He thinks that the church does a very good job with not shying away with some of the challenging questions that face society. He would go on to say how it’s best for discussions to occur when trying to understand the word of God. “We often have some interesting discussions about some the challenges today that we face in society.”
Forrey has been yearning to live in a small-town community for a number of years, and is excited by what he has already seen in West Liberty. He noted the support of the entire community when dealing with both celebrations and tragedies. “There is real community spirit here, when there are celebrations going on like over the last few weekends with high school graduation, the whole community is involved and supportive.”
He plans on working with the other churches in the area to find out what they should be doing to help the community. “My plan is to continue to strengthen our ties with other churches of West Liberty in order to help try to meet the changing needs in our community.”
The UCC has Bible studies on Wednesdays at six o'clock during most of the year and holds service on Sunday mornings at 10:30. The church is located on 212 Newell Street in West Liberty.
Listen to the extended interview with pastor Paul Forrey.