New Pastor for Garst Mill Presbyterian Church, a member congregation of The Orthodox Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Rodney T. King to pastor congregation of Garst Mill Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA: The Reverend King is to be installed by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) as Pastor of Garst Mill Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm. He will be the third pastor in the church’s history.
Since his graduation in 1974 from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, Rev. King served as pastor of churches in SC, NC, AZ and WV in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination until February 1997. At that time he was received into the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) where he served as pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa for over 15 years. He has been on several short term mission trips to Uganda, and also served on various denominational committees. “Christ’s Church is local, and it is also world-wide” says Rev. King.
Having grown up in North Carolina and received his college education in Bristol, TN and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC., this part of the country is familiar both to him, and to his wife Anne. Pastor King says, “It is a joy to come back to this region, where there are such deep roots of Presbyterianism and the Reformed faith. What a privilege to pastor only fifty miles from Stonewall Jackson’s home, and a hundred miles from Robert L. Dabney’s pastorate!”
The Reverend King now comes to Garst Mill Presbyterian Church, a congregation which he says he has already come to love. “It is wonderful to minister among a people who rejoice in the knowledge that we are saved entirely by God’s grace, and who join with the OPC in taking that Gospel out into the world!”
The installation service will have a special family aspect to it for the Kings. One of the officers speaking will be Rev. King’s oldest son, Nathan King, who is an elder in the Redeemer OPC of Charlotte, NC. Another will be his son-in-law, Robert Lynam, a deacon in the Shiloh OPC of Cary, NC.
Submitted by Anne King