Welcome Kevin and Molly Chanell to Collierstown Presbyterian Church and the Collierstown Community!!
Tammy wrote this wonderful introduction of Kevin and Molly.
Meet our new Pastor: The Rev. Kevin Chanell joins us February 1 as minister of the Word and Sacrament. Kevin comes to us by way of West Virginia and from Keswick where he has been ministering at South Plains Presbyterian Church. The Pastor Nominating Committee pored through 280 pastor information forms and seriously considered three candidates. “God led us to Kevin,” said Nancy Catlett, PNC member. “We found him to be compassionate, candid, personable and Godly.”
Kevin said he was drawn to CPC because of its community ties. “I love that CPC seems to be a central and integral part of the Effinger community through different ecumenical activities,” Kevin said. He grew up in a similar church community, where churches of different traditions worked together to fill a need.
After high school, Kevin joined the U.S. Air Force. Once stationed on Okinawa, he said he began to feel God moving in his life. He started attending a missionary Baptist church on the island, and was overwhelmed by the call to enter ministry. After his discharge, he entered West Virginia Wesleyan and met his wife Molly working at Bluestone Camp and Conference Center in Hinton, WV. After graduation, he entered Union Theological Seminary and graduated in 1989. . Kevin served churches in Petersburg, WV, Waynesboro (when they camped at Natural Bridge), Scott Depot, WV; Huron, SD and Butler, PA, before serving South Plains. “During my years of ministry,” Kevin said, “I have experienced a deep sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life. I have felt truly blessed having taken this journey with God. I cannot imagine have done anything else.”
Nancy added, “We feel his experiences throughout his life will enable him to reach out to ALL members of the community and help our church grow. His humor, belly laugh and friendliness will appeal to all ages. All members of the committee unanimously agreed to call him as our pastor.”
Kevin and Molly have two grown daughters, Melinda and Ashley. They enjoy playing cards and other games, watching movies, reading, and spending time together. They answer to Bailey, a Pomeranian mix and Marigold the Cat. They are the proud grandparents of three cats, one dog, and one turtle.
Kevin enjoys spending time with people, getting to know their life stories, preaching and teaching the Word of God, watching people grow in their faith, and cheering on the WV Mountaineers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington Redskins. The PNC is made up of Alec Wilder, chairman, Nancy Catlett, Billy Cummings, Ruth Ann Hildreth, Shelley Martin, Reese McCormick and Karey Ramsey. Please take time to thank them.
Written by Tammy Hamilton
Collierstown Presbyterian Church
Kevin Chanell, Pastor