STANTON — First United Methodist Church in Stanton welcomed its new pastor, Benji Van Fleet, during worship service on June 28.
Pastor Van Fleet was previously pastor at First United Methodist Church in Munday. He replaced Pastor Charlie Stevens who was appointed pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pampa.
The Methodist Church is a connectional system that looks to do best for all congregations not just a local group. The changing of pastors brings different and often-needed gifts to the local church (1 Cor. 12:4). The changing of settings can keep a pastor refreshed. The missionary journeys of Paul are surely a reminder of that (for example, Acts 13:2-14:7; 15:36-18:22; 18:23-21:19).
Pastor Van Fleet studied at Asbury Theological Seminary. He holds multiple degrees: Master of Divinity from Logsdon Seminary of Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University. He is currently in the process of becoming a Provisional Elder in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His passion is orphan ministry.
Pastor Van Fleet will be joined by his wife Anna and his son Abe.
Anna is a graduate of Baylor University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. She is a gifted pianist and enjoys using her gift in worship with youth and adults.
Abe is a dinosaur and lego loving preschooler that currently dreams of becoming a Paleontologist.
FUMC Stanton is located at 208 E Saint Anna. Worship time is 10 a.m. or the service can be watched online. For more information, call the church office at 432-756- 2303.