Dr. Jerry Shepard, the longtime pastor of South Elkhorn Christian Church in Lexington, takes the pulpit this week as the new senior minister at First Christian Church in Danville.
Shepard, 54, a native of Kettering, Ohio, spent the past 27 years leading the congregation on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. After seeing both of his children graduate from high school and start college and completing an expansion project at the Lexington church, he said the time was right for a new challenge in his ministry.
He expects to generate a new spirit of mission and growth to aFirst Christian congregation.
"I'll bring a sense of incredible grace of God that has brought us love, forgiveness, and hope," Shepard said. "First Christian is not a place for pat answers for questions about life and faith. People will be valued and accepted for where they are in faith and who they are. I expect visitors will find this church a place for inspiring worship, growing in faith, developing true friendships and serving God through helping others."