New pastoral team serving at Faith Covenant Fellowship

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 18 October 2021 at 11:50 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Sue and Sam Hershberger share duties at the Faith Covenant Fellowship church at 11945 Million Dollar Highway, Medina. They arrived from Oklahoma after the previous pastor left.

MEDINA – A small church on the edge of town has welcomed a new pastor and his wife.

The Rev. Sam Hershberger and his wife Sue arrived from Oklahoma, where he was in between pastoring jobs. Searching online, they discovered Faith Covenant Fellowship at 11945 Million Dollar Highway was looking for a pastor, after the church’s had left.

Moving from Oklahoma to Western New York wasn’t that big of a change for them as they are formerly from Ohio and still have family there. The couple has five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They had left Ohio in 2006 to attend Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Okla.

The pastor does the preaching and Sue takes care of the administrative duties, the pastor said.

“The congregation has been very welcoming to us,” he said.

His first sermon at the new church was preached via Zoom from their home in Oklahoma. He would like to being offering his sermons here online in 2022.

Faith Covenant Fellowship was founded by Jerry and Pat Grimes of Medina. Their daughter Amy Miller has stayed as worship leader.

The pastor said his sermons are Bible-based, where the spirit is free to move. He uses Bible principles adapted to real life.

“He preaches faith and healing,” Sue said.

The church also has a children’s ministry run by Chad Wirth, and a nursery all set up, ready for growth, Sue said.

Every other month, they have a potluck dinner.

They welcome the community to join them for Sunday worship or prayer meetings and Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Currently, the couple is living in the Millville United Methodist Church parsonage, while they search for a home to buy.

Faith Covenant Fellowship just east of Medina has welcomed a new pastor and his wife. They hope to grow the congregation, which meets at 10 a.m. Sundays for worship.