Gales Creek – On August 7th, the congregation of the Gales Creek Church were not surprised to hear that they officially had a new pastor. Tim Townley had already led the church for more than six months as interim pastor, starting on January 24th, 2016.
Pastor Tim, as he is often called, 47, hails from Independence, Missouri, moving to Oregon in 1994 at the end of a career in the US Army as a Combat Medic and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist. Around that time, “I got into some serious trouble” says Townley. “More than anything else, God woke me up.” He became a Christian in November 1995.
Since then, Townley has attended Warner Pacific College, and began volunteering with Teen Challenge, a substance abuse recovery non-profit operating across the United States. His volunteer work has led to a full time staff position that started in May of this year. “I pastor in two different ways. In the trenches and in ministry.” He also served as an Associate Pastor at Holladay Park Church of God for four years.
Pastor Tim has plans for the Gales Creek Church. “God is leading Gales Creek to be a healing church. If you’re broken, hurting, or wounded, you should be able to go without being judged, without ridicule. If someone walks through the doors and does not feel loved and welcomed, something’s wrong. I have a heart for rural communities. I spent so much time in them as a kid.” says Townley. “I want to see Gales Creek Church become a parish style church. It should be a hub, with the surrounding community the spokes of a wheel. People should be able to rely on the church to meet their needs. It doesn’t matter if they’re Christian or not.”
To learn about what’s happening at the Gales Creek Church of God, visit the recently launched Gales Creek pastor’s blog. Pastor Tim can be reached at 971-282-3922 or firstname.lastname@example.org