The Rev. David Manley is finding his way around his new charge.
Earlier this month, he became pastor of St. Paul's Church, Quarryville, following the Rev. Ken Hash. The Rev. Mr. Hash had been the church's interim pastor for more than five years.
The church’s positions agree with his teachings, the Rev. Mr. Manley said. "St. Paul's offers a traditional service and I believe it works. This church is a good fit for me. I grew up in a traditional church setting and became a Christian when I was 21," he said last week. "I have young children now and I like to offer them traditional worship services."
The Rev. Mr. Manley began his pastorate on July 15 and preached his first sermon there on July 21.
"I took my sermon from Luke 10, the story of Mary and Martha. Mary found time to listen to the word of Jesus and Martha was distracted," he said.
"I can understand that, because it's easy to become distracted and forget to form a relationship with Christ. A lot of folks are going in different directions and that doesn't work for them. … This is a time when we need faith and to preach the Gospel and disciple to those who are here," he said. "This is what Jesus told us to do, to go out and build relationships."
A graduate of Lancaster Bible College, he came to St. Paul's from Grace Point Church in Palmyra, where he served as an assistant pastor.
St. Paul's parsonage is being renovated and the new pastor and his family expect to move in within a couple of weeks. Until then, he is commuting from Palmyra and working three days a week in Quarryville.
He and his wife, Jacki, have four children, ages eight, five, four, and nine months.
His hobbies focus mainly on his children's activities. "I try to participate in whatever they're into," he said. The pastor also enjoys fishing and camping.
"My immediate goal is meeting the members of the congregation and learning their names," he said.
He's also becoming familiar with two of the church's outreach ministries - a dance program and Noah's Ark preschool.
"I haven't been at a church with a preschool before and the dance program is also new to me," he said. "I did some youth work at Grace Point and getting a consistent youth group up and working is a challenge."