Emmanuel Baptist Church in Elkhorn held an Installation Service for their new pastor, Paul Vawter, on Sunday October 2nd. Pastor Vawter taught Sunday School and preached for the AM Service. Following the service the church provided a delicious dinner in the fellowship hall. The installation service took place at 1:30 PM and was led by members of the pulpit committee. Paul and Pauletta Vawter provided special music for the service. I had the privilege of preaching the installation message for my son from I Thessalonians 5 on “Befriending and Building One Another.” Several area pastors attended and shared with the deacons in a laying on of hands for the Vawters at the conclusion of the service. A dessert fellowship concluded the special day’s activities.
The Vawters recently moved from Las Cruses, New Mexico where Paul has been teaching in a Christian school for the past four years. He also completed his Master of Arts and Biblical Studies at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in May. The Vawter family currently have three children: Michael, Grace and Lydia, with a fourth due in the middle of December. They have taken up residence in the church parsonage across the road from the church building. The church congregation has done a lot of work in a complete remodeling of the parsonage in preparation for their coming. It is our prayer that God will give the Vawters a long term fruitful ministry in Elkhorn.