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Yeagertown, Rhodes church welcome pastor

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Steven Small, who recently took over as pastor for Rhodes Memorial and Yeagertown United Methodist Churches, poses for a photo with his family. Shown, Calla, 16, Pastor Steven Small, Eli, Shaylene and Ty.

LEWISTOWN — In these times of difficulty, holding on to hope that is offered through what Christ has done for us is important, says Pastor Steven Small.

Small, originally from York, took over as pastor at Rhodes Memorial and Yeagertown United Methodist Churches on Jan. 15.

He says that during these difficult times, it is important to find ways to stay connected with one another.

“I would like to see churches work together with other churches in the area to help meet the needs of our community, whether that’s putting food on the table or finding ways for people to have the services that they need to maintain life.”

Since he has taken over as pastor, Small says he has added some opportunities for congregates to worship virtually by starting a YouTube channel for the church. He also hopes to develop a website for the church to bolster its online presence.

Feb. 7 was his first in-person service with the new congregation.

“There’s always a sense of nervousness, especially with the new appointment, but I don’t ever think I’m that good that I shouldn’t be nervous. It’s a great responsibility as a pastor to make sure I’m being the person that God calls me to be,” he said.

Before coming to Lewistown, Small worked at the Southern Potter Charge for seven years, then at the State Line United Methodist Church for a year and a half.

He received his undergraduate degree in behavioral science from Ashford Online University. He is currently working toward his Masters of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Prior to becoming a pastor, Small worked as a drug and alcohol counselor. He also has experience working at a group foster home in Dover, Delaware and as a paraprofessional at Tyrone School district.

In his spare time, the new pastor enjoys archery and hunting with his kids and plans to join a local sportsman’s club.

Small lives in Lewistown with his wife, Shaylene and their three children, Calla, 16, Ty, 15 and Eli, 13.

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