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Church in Sandwich welcomes new pastor

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Mark Abbott is the new pastor of the Sandwich Church of the Nazarene. He is pictured with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Michaela, Marisa and Mia.

SANDWICH — The Sandwich Church of the Nazarene will install its new pastor, Mark Abbott, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 205 W. College St. The public is invited to welcome Abbott and his family to the community.

Already relocated to Sandwich from Peru, Abbott brings his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters, Michaela, 13; Marisa, 10; and Mia, 7.

“I’ve attended the Nazarene church my whole life, but this is my first time as a pastor,” Abbott said.

A junior high school math teacher in Spring Valley, Abbott said he felt the call to full-time ministry several years ago. “I started taking coursework and began the process to get what’s called a local license. I’ve had that for a couple of years. The next step was further classwork and experience doing the work of a pastor to get a district license. I got that in April,” he said.

Abbott said additional coursework will be necessary before he is ordained, although the title of reverend comes with the district license.

Planning to teach for at least one more year, Abbott said he is hoping the church grows to the point where it’s not necessary to have supplemental income.

Although it can be difficult to relocate a family, Abbott said his daughters are pretty excited. “There are other kids their age in church. It’s not a big deal for them.

“We’re excited to be here and looking forward to getting to know more about the town. Of course, we’ve already heard about the fair, but we’re really interested in learning about the whole surrounding area,” Abbott said.

“I’m excited about what God wants us to do here.”

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