Berryville United Methodist welcomes new pastor
BERRYVILLE -- Berryville United Methodist Church welcomed new Pastor Kenny Lee on Sunday, March 3.
Pastor Lee and his family have moved from Springdale to the church parsonage in Berryville. Their family consists of his wife, Penny Lee, son Donovan and daughter Samantha.
Pastor Lee has served as licensed local pastor within the United Methodist Church for five years this July. He comes to Berryville from a staff position with First United Methodist in in Springdale.
Lee worked first with the new Pontiac contemporary worship and more recently as an associate pastor in the ministry of pastoral care. In addition, Penny Lee is certified in Christian Education by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Donovan is enrolled at Berryville Elementary and Samantha is a preschooler.
"This is an exciting time to be in ministry and a wonderful place to call home," the new pastor said. "My family and I are completely enamored with Berryville, and people here are so sweet. Penny and I both want our kids to have the experience of growing up with a strong sense of community, and Berryville is that place.
"The folks at Berryville UMC have been very helpful to us as we transition into a new role in the church and community. This is a strong congregation that is in the trenches every day, trying to make a difference. It is my honor to be their pastor. "
The church is located just west of Williams Shopping Center (near Price Cutter) and across from the drive to the Berryville Community Center.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and it is followed by coffee, juice and finger food at 10:30 a.m. Worship begins at 11 a.m. and both a praise band and a chancel choir contribute to worship.
The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
"What a great time to be a people who not only proclaim the Gospel, but seek to live it out in a variety of ways," Lee said. "There is so much potential here, and we are happy to be a part of such a growing, vital community. If you are looking for a place to worship and be in community, come out and join us some Sunday. We're looking forward to sharing faith with you soon!"