Pastor plans to grow community involvement at Holt church

Jay Tyler

Jay Tyler, Holt Assembly of God’s new pastor, plans to get the church more involved in the Holt community and grow the youth group.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 05:12 PM.

HOLT — Since becoming Holt Assembly of God’s head pastor in July, Jay Tyler is now on joking terms with his congregation. 

"They call me a 'Yankee' because I am from Indiana,” Tyler said. "They have learned my personality already. I told them it's not wrong to have fun in church."

But it is crucial to bring that fun, and faith, outside church doors, he said.

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"When you are a pastor, you have to be part of the community," Tyler said. "Being a pastor is not just preaching ... if you're not a people person, you're in the wrong business."

And being a people person means collaborating with other churches, he said. Holt Assembly of God is collecting donations for First Baptist Church of Holt’s food pantry. First Baptist Church of Holt pastor Curt Rainey said he appreciates Holt Assembly's efforts and anticipates working with the church.  

"I am excited to see what our roles as churches do towards the outreach of this community," Rainey said.

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