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The Newton Seventh-Day Adventist Church has named Nathan Stearman as its new pastor.

“My wife and I recently relocated to the Wichita-Newton area from the state of Michigan. We left behind two wonderful congregations and work with a summer camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula along with family,” Stearman said.

“We came to Kansas in pursuit of following God’s leading in our lives, but certainly miss our old home, congregations and family.

“I suppose I should tell you that Michigan is not my only ‘old home’ — Kansas once was. My family resided in the Rose Hill area in my early teens and my father's heritage is here in Kansas, so, in a sense, I’ve returned home and brought my wonderful family along.”

Stearman’s wife is a nurse is from North Carolina and they have two children, Abigayle, 5, and Gabriel, 3,

He graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in 2004 and immediately took up my first full-time pastorate.

In 2007 he was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

“I am honored to have the wonderful privilege of serving as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus in a world with some many hurting people,” he said.

He and his family relocated to Kansas to assume two pastorates, Newton Seventh-day Adventist Church and Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Newton Seventh-day Adventist Church is at 202 N. Walnut St. Services are at 9:15 a.m. Saturdays followed with Bible study at 10:45 a.m. Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The welcome mat is always out, he said.