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Pastor appointed to breakaway Omaha congregation
13 Oct 1998 13:42:04
Oct. 13, 1998 Contact: Linda Green (615)742-5470 Nashville, Tenn.
By United Methodist News Service
A pastor who serves a combined United Methodist and Presbyterian
congregation in Nebraska
has been appointed minister of the Omaha congregation that broke away
from First United
The Rev. Michael McInnis, 40, pastor of St. Edward United
Methodist/Presbyterian Church in
St. Edward, Neb., has been appointed pastor of the 325-member United
Fellowship, effective Nov. 1. The appointment was announced Oct. 11 in a
Nebraska Bishop Joel Martinez that was read in the St. Edward Church and
to the laity
The fellowship group left the 1,900-member First United Methodist Church
worshipping at a high school last spring. Their move came after the
senior pastor, the Rev.
Jimmy Creech, was acquitted in a March clergy trial for performing a
same-sex union ceremony.
He was not reappointed to the congregation and has taken a leave of
absence from the ministry.
The group decided against returning to First Church after Martinez
appointed the Rev. Donald
Bredthauer to succeed Creech. Bredthauer was associate pastor at First
Church and a Creech
Fellowship members relocated to the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown
Omaha in June. They
received approval in late September to form a new United Methodist
congregation, which will be
chartered no later than Nov. 15. Until the church is chartered, the
congregation will continue to
be called the United Methodist Laity Fellowship.
The appointment to the new congregation came after the Rev. Ron Croom,
superintendent, consulted with the fellowship's pastor-parish relations
committee, according to
the Rev. Cole Fowler, superintendent of the Southwest District in the
Conference, where McInnis is currently serving.
Fowler said the congregation's needs and desires for ministry and
mission were identified. A
review of those needs by Martinez and the cabinet led to a search for
pastors who would be a
good fit for the fellowship.
The fellowship said it seeks to create a church that firmly adheres to
incorporates a balanced vision of mission and ministry, and takes
seriously the spiritual needs of
McInnis is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, an independent
evangelical institution in
Wilmore, Ky. Ordained a pastor of the Free Methodist Church of North
America, he transferred
to the United Methodist Church in 1992 and is in his seventh year of
pastoring the St. Edward
United Methodist/Presbyterian Church.
He and his wife Kathy have three children.
United Methodist News Service
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