Rhodes, Yeagertown UMC welcome pastor

LEWISTOWN — Pastor Rachel Horst hopes to continue to make the Rhodes Memorial and Yeagertown United Methodist churches serve as “the hands and feet of Christ.”

Horst, 32, was welcomed as the new pastor of the two churches, which work together as a charge, on July 1.

Originally from the York area, Horst is in her eighth year of ministry, but says at times, she feels as though it has been a lifelong endeavor since both her father, and her mom’s father are pastors.

“I never even thought of becoming a pastor until I was in college,” she said. “I then realized God was calling me into ministry … He had been calling me for a long time, but I thought it was because my dad was a pastor.”

Horst, of Lewistown, attended Messiah College in Mechanicsburg as a psychology major, but says she enjoyed taking Bible classes.

She said she had considered becoming a scholar because she wanted to learn as much as she could about the Bible.

“As I got closer to graduation, I realized God was calling me into ministry.”

Horst graduated from Messiah with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a minor in psychology.

She then attended Drew Theological School for divinity before beginning her work in ministry.

Horst served as a pastor at West Antietam Charge in Waynesboro and then at Three Springs Parish near Orbisonia.

So far, she has enjoyed her time in Mifflin County.

“I’ve known since January that I would be coming here and ever since then, I’ve felt God’s hand on it.”

She looks forward to continuing her journey by serving God and the community.

“The churches have been really welcoming. I think this is the warmest welcome I’ve ever received,” she said.

Horst joins the Lewistown community with her bichon, Clover.