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Bailey assumes new role as Light Ministries’ pastor

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Pastor Gary Bailey, of Curwensville, is set to replace Pastor Ron Nipple at Light Ministries Church in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — A new pastor has taken the reins at Light Ministries Church in Lewistown.

Pastor Gary Bailey, of Curwensville, is replacing Pastor Ron Nipple — who, along with his wife, Jane, founded the church.

“The founder — his vision and my vision for ministry — is very similar,” said Bailey. “We emphasize the teaching of the Bible. You can call us the Bible church in that respect, but we are also a Holy Ghost church in that we allow the move of spirit in the church.”

Bailey has served as assistant pastor of Light Ministries Church since 2020 and says his mission is to spread the message of hope and love that God has for us.

“Jesus is Lord. I would love to see people love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. That’s pretty much it,” Bailey said. “We want to see the love of God just expressed and demonstrated in the church but not only in the church, in the community. We are a church of faith; faith is so important. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. The Bible tells us we shall live by faith, so the most important in my mind we want to bring to the community is the love of God and faith in God.”

“Jesus said if I be lifted up, they’ll know that you’re my disciples by the love that you have towards one another,” he continued..

Bailey, 62, has assisted Nipple with Light Ministries Church for the last two year and is not new to preaching the Gospel.

Originally from Ohio, he began his career with Rex Humbard Ministries in 1980 and was ordained in 1982, then a few years later began to travel around the world.

“In ’86, I began traveling. I worked with another evangelist that started doing temp meetings. Out there New Mexico, Delaware we preached all over,” Bailey said. “Traveled overseas, Taiwan, Japan, we’ve been to well over 13, 14 nations and we preached the Gospel. Then in 1987 we started traveling on our own from 1987 to 2017, we probably traveled for 33 years or so.”

Light Ministries holds services at

8 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Fridays and

10 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 11:30 a.m.

The church will also be holding a church-wide family picnic at noon June 18.

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