The Rev. Lyle D. Sellards likes to think of himself as a "Matthew 25er."
As the new pastor at the Orem Community Church-United Church of Christ, Rev. Sellards is looking forward to uniting the church with the community in an effort to fulfill Christ's word."I hope we can reach out to people in need, those who need support groups in this area" he said. "We need to be doing what Christ would be doing if he were here."
The Rev. Sellards comes to the Orem area from Malta, Mont., where he served as pastor of the Little White Church, a pioneer church founded in 1899. Previously the Rev. Sellards served as interim pastor at St. John United Church of Christ in Hebron, N.D., and the First Congregational Church in Colville, Wash. Prior to that he served as pastor of the Idaho State University Ecumenical Ministry in Pocatello.
The Rev. Sellards will be officially installed as pastor of the Orem congregation on Sunday, Nov. 16.
"I am pleased to be called to this church," he said. "I want to work with these people. I sense an intent from the congregation to keep working hard or even harder. We are having a growing impact in this community."
The Rev. Sellards believes in and enjoys the pastoral style of ministry, which cares for and nurtures the community and reaches out to those in need. He also has a commitment to educational ministries. He is educated in the areas of Bible and theology and in counseling.
According to the Rev. Sellards, "A church which has a sense of vision and mission is one that will be growing spiritually as well as in many other ways."
One of the Rev. Sellards' main interests is helping victims of alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.
"I have counseled couples and men in various support groups. If you can get it (domestic violence) before it's too extreme, you can short-circuit a real tragedy before it occurs," the Rev. Sellards said.
"I will do all I can to help the needs of the community in these areas," he said. "I hope we can reach out to people in need through task forces and through coordinating with local agencies."
The Rev. Sellards will also continue his support of the local Food and Shelter Coalition in conjunction with other churches in the Provo/Orem area and with the Shared Ministry congregations throughout the state.
"We must take more seriously Christ's word, by living and doing and telling his story in a more effective way," the Rev. Sellards said. "Live what you believe and tell Christ's story to the people who need to hear."
The Orem Community Church, 130 N. 400 East, has Sunday church school services at 9:30 a.m., with worship services following at 10:30 a.m. A social hour of refreshment and visiting is held immediately after the worship service.