New shepherd for the flock

<p>The Rev. Kelly Haskins, new pastor at Bible Way Community Church in John Day, and his wife, Sue.</p>

JOHN DAY – Bible Way Community Church has a new shepherd for its flock.

The Rev. Kelly Haskins, who has roots in Prairie City, recently returned to Grant County from Prineville to become the pastor at Bible Way Community Church, following the Rev. Jack Retherford’s retirement.

Haskins, who was ordained in 2000, has led several houses of faith, including, at one time, a tent ministry.

He said he was saved in his Christian faith in 1996 at Assembly of God church in Prairie City. In 1999, he moved to Prineville, where he and his first wife, Faye, headed up a Bible Way Church.

Faye died in 2003, and he married his second wife, Sue, in May 2004. A friend from childhood days in Prairie City, she also had recently become widowed.

Haskins held pastoring positions with the Church of Acts, in 2004-2005 in the Methodist Church building in Prairie City, and 2006-2007 in La Grande.

In between, he and Sue led a tent revival ministry for about a year.

Haskins said that God just suddenly “told me to buy a tent,” no matter what it took – or what he had to sell – to make it happen.

The couple traveled to Portland, Burns, Christmas Valley and Idaho, ministering from their 1,500-square-foot tent.

Haskins also led a radio ministry on KRCO in Prineville, and operated a soup kitchen at a Bible Way Church he pastored there.

Bible Way Community Church in John Day got its start in 1998 in the Alec Gay Hall on Dayton Street. In 1999, it moved to 700 S. Canyon Blvd., and a year ago, under Retherford’s leadership, moved to 401 W. Main St.

Retherford, who had been Bible Way’s pastor since 1998, and his wife, Betty, are still members.

Haskins said the congregation currently numbers about 20. He said that all are welcome to the full Gospel, Pentecostal church, where he said “I preach the Old Testament and teach the New Testament.”

Haskins also does Biblical counseling, as well as weddings, christenings and other celebrations. Haskins said that they are planning to start up bimonthly Sunday community potlucks.

He encourages visitors visitors of all faiths to stop in and check it out.

“We like to have a good time here,” he said, adding, “Church is supposed to be uplifting.”

The Sunday worship schedule includes Bible study for all ages from 9:45-10:45 a.m., and worship service at 11 a.m. The Haskinses also host an adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, in their Prairie City home at 421 N. McHaley Ave.

For more information, call 541-620-4926.

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