First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh welcomes new pastor

TECUMSEH — The First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh recently welcomed a new pastor, Jim Browne, along with his wife, Ginny. They have three grown children, Doug, Joan and Andy.Pastor Browne brings with him a wealth of experience as he has been an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 35 years. He is also a member of the Maumee Valley Presbytery. He is also a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor whose parents and grandparents served as role models, helping him develop his love and understanding of church and of being called to serve God’s people.Pastor Browne has participated in extensive missionary work as a youth alongside his parents, and graduated from Woodstock School in Landour, India. He further studied at Kent State University and then progressed to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. In addition to parish duties, Pastor Browne has been involved in Presbytery and national church issues, moderating Presbytery and many presbytery committees. He has been elected three times to be a commissioner to the general assembly.Pastor Browne has served five congregations in Ohio and Colorado as an ordained pastor ranging in size from 150 to 400 members. At each church, he received great joy, he said, from preaching, sermon writing, providing pastoral care to his congregations and teaching Bible studies.The pastor views standing with a family in time of crisis, and helping to counsel and support them as “profoundly meaningful” parts of his job. He feels wherever God calls, he will bring his gifts of compassion, energy, preaching and teaching.Pastor Browne may be reached at the Tecumseh First Presbyterian Church at 423.3470 or on his mobile phone at 614.565.1486. He can also be reached through email at tecumsehfirstpre@gmail.com or at the church, which is located at 211 West Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The church’s new website is www.tecumsehfirstpres.org. There is a church calendar button posted on the main page that will take visitors to a calendar listing of committee meetings, special events, choir practices and times of worship.Service times at the church are Sunday school at 8:30 a.m., fellowship at 9:15 a.m., and church at 10 a.m.Pastor Browne has been helping the First Presbyterian Church develop a new mission statement guided by discussions with the city of Tecumseh, Tecumseh Schools and members of the medical community. The church is seeking input from the community to help define what the current needs are. Classroom space is also available to rent to the community, as well as a large banquet room with a full-size kitchen which can be used for weddings or meetings.

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