Asbury United Methodist Church welcomes a new shepherd to lead its flock as Pastor Jeffrey Flagg began his appointment at the church on July 1.
Church members have recently celebrated the arrival of their new pastor and his wife who have recently relocated to Webster City. Before coming to Asbury, Flagg has been leading United Methodist Churches in Pleasantville and Melcher-Dallas for the past 12 years.
Being a pastor was not in Flagg’s future plan when he just started college.
“My first love was the outdoors, as I was raised in the mountains of New York,” Flagg says.
His passion led to his first degree in forestry and land surveying. Flagg also completed another degree in business, as he longed for more education. Before joining the ministry, Flagg had been running factories in New York and Arkansas, as well as setting up operations in Texas.
Flagg began to study the Bible and attend church in his late 30s. When he was contemplating joining the ministry, unusual incidents began to take place.
“One person showed up at my door and said he had a dream he would build a church, and I would be the pastor,” he recalls. “When I thought I couldn’t speak in front of others, people would ask me questions like, ‘Did you ever work in radio?’ ”
Peculiar events continued to happen.
“Spiritually I was growing at a very fast pace,” the pastor says.
Flagg encountered many other spiritual moments in his life, leading to his decision to leave his career behind and join the seminary. The pastor later graduated with a master’s of divinity from St. Paul’s Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
When asked about visions for Asbury, Flagg says, “We will endeavor to live and serve within the will of God. I am charismatic in my spiritual nature and working to be God’s hands to the community will be exciting.”
The pastor indicated that he will be anticipating Sunday services that are filled with fun and the Holy Spirit.
“I expect to see movements of the Spirit,” Flagg says.
Pastor Terra and Pastor Jay, who led Asbury United Methodist Church for the past two years, have relocated to another city. Pastor Terra is appointed as the new district superintendent for the southwest district, while Pastor Jay is leading Bowman Chapel and Guthrie Center churches.