Here is a bit of news I learned this morning and will be in the paper over the next few days:
Grace Fellowship church in North Codorus Township, one of the largest churches in York County, recently named the Rev. Michael Anthony its new senior pastor.
Anthony will be installed at 10 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow and the public is invited. The 48-year-old Anthony is married to Janet and they have two sons – Titus and Simeon.
The family is spending the week moving from Charlotte, N.C. to a rented home in the area, said the Rev. Bob Tome, who filled the role of senior pastor for several months. The church board voted Oct. 21 to appoint Anthony.
Anthony has led churches in Oregon and planted a church in North Carolina. He is the founder of Godfactor – a web-based evangelism and discipleship ministry.
Tome said popular past events at Grace will be returning under Anthony, starting with a church production of “Scrooge,” set for the weekend before Christmas.
Grace has average Sunday attendance topping 1,000.
Anthony also mentioned preaching the Scriptures with “a 21st century” emphasis.
I plan to get more in depth with him on this subject in the near future. It is the basis of his GodFactor ministry.
Anthony’s calling to Grace comes about three-and-a-half years after the church called the Rev. Ed Short to succeed the Rev. Larry Katz, who led Grace for 19 years.
Short’s tenure lasted a little over two years and seemingly did not go smoothly, although nobody from the church would speak on the record. Here is a section from a May 2008 YDR story from Short’s installation:
Members say part of their attraction to Short was his teaching style and emphasis on expanding a church by conversion, as opposed to growth by transfer — that is, people who arrive disgruntled from other congregations.
I heard some grumbling after Short left a year ago about the longtime Grace programs that he cut, such as the popular shows like “Scrooge.”
Anthony said the church is full of talented folks and he plans to bring all the shows back.
“We think the people here are great,” he said. “We’ve fallen in love with them.”
Anthony is preaching a verse-by-verse Christmas series in the gospel of Luke, which starts Dec. 2.