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June 19, 2014

Trinity Baptist Church welcomes new pastor and family

ORANGE — Trinity Baptist Church of Orange will welcome its new pastor, Gary Price, and his family during a special Pastoral Installation Service at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 22. The Installation Service will be conducted by Dr. Charles “Rusty” Walton of Conroe, Texas. Dr. Walton served as the first pastor during the formation of Trinity Baptist Church.

The Pastoral Installation Service is a special ceremony to offer a time of encouragement to the new pastor. During the service the pastor and congregation celebrate what the Lord has done in bringing them together. The service is a dedication of the new pastor to the congregation and the congregation to the pastor. The worship service describes the relationship as a call rather than a hiring. It is God’s divine plan being recognized.

Gary Price, the new pastor, is a native of Honey Grove, Texas, and a graduate of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, from which he holds the degree, Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Gary was on the Dean’s List with honors during each semester. He was on the National Honor Society for student of theology and religion and a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa. He was a Young Maston Scholar awarded by Logsdon Theological Seminary.

He is a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from which he holds the degree, Master of Divinity with emphasis on theological studies. He was named Outstanding Senior Preacher in the Fall of 2011.

Gary is married to his high school sweetheart, Magen Upchurch Price. They have four children, three sons, Ayden, Avery, Asher and one daughter, Avonlea. Magen is well established in her photography business and looks forward to sharing her talents with the local area.

Recently, Gary was pastor of First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas, where he established a Bus Ministry, Retreat and Vision planning for the Deacons along with many other activities for the church and community. He serviced as Chaplain at the Schleicher County Medical Center, coach for the YMCA youth football, coach for Little League Baseball, was active in a nursing home ministry and was a member of the Lions Club.

Before moving to Eldorado, Gary was pastor of the Westwood Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. In Waco, he worked to establish many programs for the Youth and Children’s ministry, plus Mission Sunday for International students.

Gary has strong convictions about the Church, Scripture and Missions, believes salvation is a gift, purchased by the blood of Christ, and freely offered to all.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate this great occasion. Special music will be provided by the Trinity Baptist Choir under the direction of Dan Cruse. Sunday School will be at 9:45 a.m. and the special Pastoral Installation Service will start at 11 a.m. A luncheon for the members and guest will be served immediately following the service. The church is located at 1819 N. 16th St. in Orange.

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