East Dover church welcomes new pastor
by Christian Avard
Jun 18, 2009 | 4053 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Lacy, wife Jennifer, and sons Mikey and Harrison. Lacy has been named as the leader of the East Dover Baptist Church.        C. Avard
Michael Lacy, wife Jennifer, and sons Mikey and Harrison. Lacy has been named as the leader of the East Dover Baptist Church. C. Avard
DOVER- It’s been four years since the East Dover Baptist Church had a full-time pastor. Now the parish is celebrating. This Sunday, Pastor Michael Lacy will conduct his first service at the East Dover Church after arriving from Dallas, TX last week. Lacy replaces George Nye, who served as the East Dover church’s interim pastor for the last four years. He also replaces Pastor Bob Hansen who served the East Dover Baptist Church prior to Nye.

Lacy returns to the Northeast as a newly ordained pastor through Grace Bible Church in Dallas, TX. He received a master’s degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary in May 2009 and worked as the office administrator and information technologies specialist at an insurance law firm prior to that. Lacy visited the East Dover Baptist Church in February, 2008. He received a call from the church in March that he was under consideration and in the fall, he found out he was selected as the replacement for Pastor Nye. Being selected as the church’s new pastor was just what his family hoped for. “We never thought it was going to work out so clearly. We were talking with the church in October and they were seeking the man God was preparing for them. I had no idea I was that individual. I’m very grateful for that,” said Lacy.

Lacy and his wife Jennifer have two boys, Mikey, 5, and Harrison, five months. Lacy says he is grateful to be back in the region he calls “home.” Jennifer and Michael Lacy are both from New Hampshire and the Lacys missed the small-town rural life. Lacy said his family is looking forward to adjusting to a new life in an area they are all too familiar with. “We consider ourselves to be town and rural folk. We love the recreational aspects of the country and the pace. It’s a whole lot different than Dallas,” laughed Lacy.

Lacy believes he was meant to serve in a rural area and the East Dover Baptist Church is the right place at the right time. He said the East Dover Baptist Church has a rich tradition and its 200-year history is unique. For Lacy, it’s an indication that community is considered sacred in Dover and he hopes to make a valuable contribution. “These are people of prayer and they’ve worked hard to try to find what’s best for them,” said Lacy. “I believe every church has a unique opportunity to reach out to their particular area in such a way only they can. But our message remains the same, that God has provided eternal life through his son Jesus Christ.”

Lacy’s journey to faith has been a long one. He said coming to trust in God for salvation “changed the course of his life” forever. Since then, he felt a sense of calling to deliver God’s message and to bring meaning to other people’s lives, as it has for Lacy. “I wanted to invest my life into something that was a vocation, where you could walk into work with eternity’s values in mind and deliver the message that spans two millenniums,” said Lacy. “The calling is one which he’s placed on me. It’s a humbling thing to deal with. Had it not been for his grace, I would not be here.”

Lacy has several goals he’d like to accomplish as the church’s new full-time pastor. He said he will seek to understand the church’s history, its legacy, its heritage, and what makes the community unique. Lacy also hopes to establish a positive rapport with the parish and the town, and for others to learn about his family. “My ongoing obligation is to be a dad, a husband, and first and foremost a spiritual pastor at home. It is my hope to learn, to administer the church effectively, to serve the community, and to see people where they’re at. This all takes a long time,” said Lacy.

Bob Jalbert has been a long-time parishioner at the East Dover Baptist Church. Having a full-time pastor is something the church was looking for and Jalbert is grateful the church has someone who is committed not just to the church, but to the Dover community. “It’s great to have a full-time pastor. It’s been a while since we had one,” said Jalbert. “This means a lot to the community and I think it’s going to be quite exciting.”
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