New pastor helps Bethel Pentecostal keep the faith

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The new Pastor at Bethel Pentecostal says the health of the community remains the number one goal in connecting people to the church.

Pastor Jared Keber moved to Dawson Creek six months ago and believes that loving thy neighbour is one of the most important ways to practice faith in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re trying to do what we can to be the church in the midst of something we’re so not used to. We’ve got a lot of people we try to keep connected as much as we can,” he said, adding a study group meets online every Wednesday night.

“At the end of the day, yes it is about the people who come here, but we want to be about the good of the community – that’s important. One of the things that blew me away coming here was how much of an imprint the church had in the community.”

He added while services have moved online, they’re trying their best to make it accessible for everyone, having changed formats more than once.

“Our hope was to make it feel a little more inviting from home, rather than trying to make it like we’re maintaining what we had before. It seems to be going well."

Keber grew up in the Abbotsford area and moved to the north over eight years ago, practicing as a pastor at the Prince George Pentecostal Church.

With the recent flooding in Hope and the Lower Mainland, he understands many may be seeing the world in a biblical fashion and has reached out to check on friends and family there.

The church is also currently renovating their building, and will use the space to host students from Mountain Christian School.

“We’re going to try to move the high school back into this building. We’re renovating to get the gym set up, putting new insulation in, and so on. Pretty much down to the studs over there right now."

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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