The First Church of God, 576 Sunset Drive, Morehead, recently hired Jonathan Pennington to serve as their Pastor of Worship Arts.

“We are excited for the leadership Jonathan has brought to our worship ministry and for what we are already experiencing on Sunday mornings. We are anticipating how God will use him to help grow our church and reach our community,” said Jeremy Halstead, Pastor of First Church.

Pennington was born and raised in Sandy Hook, attended Morehead State University for a short time, and then moved to Wisconsin to pursue a relationship with his now wife, Tara. In January 2018 they moved back to his family’s farm, bringing with them their five children.

Together, they have served in worship leadership roles at churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska and Missouri. Along the way, Pennington earned a variety of degrees in music, counseling, and human service administration. He is currently employed at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex as the Director of their Substance Abuse Program.

“Jonathan will be serving us on a part-time basis, focusing on our Sunday morning worship, and working with our praise team, choir, and audio / visual team,” explained Halstead.

Pennington said, “My hopes, dreams and vision for church worship are that I can please the Lord, bless the body and help others find Jesus.”

He further shared that he is not in the business of singing songs, rather in leading people into the presence of God through song, which fits perfectly with First Church’s understanding that worship is an interactive, participatory part of their Sunday morning service.

Pennington added, “I truly believe the culture is getting ready to shift back from entertainment church to truly seeking and finding Jesus. I think we are a bit disillusioned with church culture, because we have tried to make the church attractive, and it never really needed any jazzing up.”

“Christianity in its simplest form is to love God and to love others, which is what we are striving to do. Jonathan is bringing a simple style of worship that is also intimately beautiful,” Halstead said.

Halstead ended by sharing that First Church meets on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. and is open to anyone who would like to worship with a family of believers.

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