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Montgomery Installed As Associate Pastor


February 22, 2018

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Rev. Sarah Montgomery

In a joyous service filled with humor, music and scripture the Rev. Sarah Grace Montgomery was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 4. Among those attending were Rev. Montgomery's family and friends, representatives of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina and members of the church.

The service included a Charge to the Newly Ordained, presented by Ann Marie Montgomery, minister of Cadmus Presbyterian Church and Sarah Grace Montgomery's mother-in-law.

"Love the people. Don't beat up the sheep. Preach the Gospel," she instructed the newly-ordained associate pastor.

"Sarah felt the Holy Spirit working throughout the selection process and her acceptance of the position," she said.

In a presentation of the Symbols of Ministry, Rev. Montgomery was given a robe and several stoles, representing the yoke of Christ, the gifts of family members and friends.

The newly-ordained Rev. Montgomery pronounced the Benediction. Following the service a reception was held in fellowship hall at the church.

The search for an associate pastor began in July 2016 when an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee of seven representatives of B-DRPC was formed. Chaired by Ginny Bradford, the committee focused on candidates whose experience and interest emphasized working with children and young people. Rev. Montgomery was quoted as saying she accepted the position at B-DRPC based in large part on the health of the church and the committee's honesty.

Sarah Grace Montgomery was born and raised in Decatur, Ill. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and has served as director of Christian education in two churches in Charlotte, N.C., Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and Mallard Creek Presbyterian, where she spent more than 10 years. During her service at Mallard Creek, she earned her Masters of Divinity degree.

Rev. Montgomery and her husband, Michael, an architect, have two children: Margaret, age 5, and Owen, age 18 months.

"As children of God, in all that we do, we are called to live out and use the gifts God has given us to love and serve others in the name of Christ," she said. "I am grateful for the call to serve God in all that I do, specifically as educator and minister of the Word and Sacrament."


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