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Mt. Pleasant pastor takes 'significant step' in faith

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
The Rev. Randolph 'Randy' Landman, pastor of the United Methodist 'Town Clock' Church of Mt. Pleasant, (right) is joined by Bishop Thomas Bickerton during the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church held recently at Grove City College. Landman was received as a provisional ministerial member during the event. Photo taken on Friday, June 6, 2014

The Rev. Randolph “Randy” Landman, pastor of the United Methodist “Town Clock” Church in Mt. Pleasant, recently took what's been called a “very significant step” in his spiritual walk.

At the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church held recently, Landman was received as a provisional ministerial member.

The annual conference, held at Grove City College, included representatives from 830 churches.

Landman was elected for the new status by the ministerial members and was recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM).

“As a new provisional minister, I'm in a certain category,” Landman said. “I'm still a full-time licensed local preacher who can perform sacrament, baptisms, marriage ceremonies and burial services.”

Landman met certain requirements, such as educational seminars and interviews, to qualify for the position, according to the Rev. Dennis M. Henley, worship coordinator of the conference and pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale.

“This is a very significant step for him,” Henley said. “It's definitely something to be recognized.”

In June 2016, Landman will be eligible to become a Full Elder, the final step in his journey.

When he becomes ordained as a Full Elder, Landman will have all ministerial privileges at any United Methodist church, even upon retirement.

“Everyone has been very supportive,” he said of his congregation.

“I'm so fortunate. Not a day goes by that I'm not grateful that God has placed me here.

“I can't imagine a better church. The congregation deserves the very best pastor I can be, and I want to be better for them,” he said.

A native of Uniontown, Landman graduated from Laurel Highlands School District in 1977.

Landman is a 1981 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1984 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

He first served as a pastor of the Jeannette Free Methodist Church in Harrison City, until a move to California, where he was appointed youth pastor of Downey Free Methodist Church. Landman eventually served as an ordained Elder of the Free Methodist Church.

In 2001, he began leading the Sampson Union Church near Charleroi, and in 2004, he became the assistant pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Coal Center in Washington County.

“Randy has been a pastor for a long time,” said his wife, Dawn Landman. “I think it's very cool that he will finally be ordained in the United Methodist Church; we're very proud of him.”

The Landmans live in Mt. Pleasant with their three daughters: Mollie, Malorie and Mylie.

“Seeing all the Full Elders, the provisional ministerial members and the pastors gathered together at the Annual Conference was very moving,” Landman said. “As a pastor, you can sometimes feel alone but when you're in that group you realize the worldwide impact of the denomination.”

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.