Our Joint Board is excited and pleased to announce that Reverend Jay Petrella has accepted the call to become our pastor here at The Church of the Redeemer Moravian Church. We are grateful for your prayers and for God’s gracious leading of the Eastern District Board, our congregation’s Joint Board, and Jay during this Spirit-guided call process. Jay and his wife Erin are planning to move into our parsonage in mid-June, and they are looking forward to meeting and getting to know you.
Jay grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio where he was a member of the Schoenbrunn Moravian Church. He graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in the Spring 2008 and is currently serving as pastor of the Bruderheim Moravian Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Before going to college, Jay made his living as an electrician, experience he also shared in serving Moravian missions in Central America. He enjoys gardening, particularly growing food crops, and is also learning to sew. And he sings tenor in the choir!! Erin is also musically gifted and enjoys playing & teaching piano.
Please pray for this young couple as they wrap up their work at Bruderheim and make the big cross-country move. Pray for our brothers and sisters at the Bruderheim congregation as they now enter the call process. And get ready to give Jay and Erin our warm welcome to Central Ohio and our loving support in the years to come!
On behalf of the Joint Board,
Phil Garrett, President, Board of Trustees
Ron Albaugh, Vice President, Board of Elders