Severance Community Church welcomed new full-time pastor Kevin Deitrich and his family to the church in January.
Starting in two weeks, the church will begin hosting a Sunday morning service in Severance’s town hall and Deitrich will take over pastor duties for all the church’s services.
“The church has really never had a full-time pastor,” Deitrich said. “We’re hoping and praying that with us being full time and going to morning services we can get more attendance.”
Deitrich and his wife, Miranda, were both born and raised in Pennsylvania. Deitrich studied pastoral theology at Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia and graduated last December. After hearing about the church’s need for a full-time pastor, he and his family moved west.
Currently, Deitrich lives in Eaton with his wife and three children: Kali, 15; Jacob, 14; and Micah, 11.
As pastor, Deitrich will also perform other duties in additional to leading sermons. He said he will also attend funerals, weddings, hospital visits, teach Sunday school and direct board meetings.
“It’s a family atmosphere because it is such a small unit,” he said. “It’s very family oriented, very friendly and loving. We try to make visitors feel like they are the most important thing in the world when they come.”
Deitrich’s new position with the church is his first as a full-time pastor.
“I worked many, many careers until God called me into the ministry,” he said. “So I went to school late. I went to school when I was 35. I’ve preached while I was in my home church in Pennsylvania and filled in for the pulpit at different places in West Virginia during college.”
The church is nondenominational and focuses on the Bible in its teaching, Deitrich said.
“I love sharing the word of God — the good news of Jesus Christ,” Deitrich said. “If someone was dying of cancer and you had the cure, wouldn’t you want to share it with them? That’s how I feel with the word of God.”
In addition to his duties as pastor, Deitrich said he also loves football, golf and the outdoors.
“Even if people have their home church that they go to, we’re asking people just to come and give us a try and help us build the church up,” he said. “It’s not just for us, it’s for the whole Town of Severance.”