West Newton Presbyterians welcome new pastor
The United Presbyterian Church in West Newton has a new minister for its 200 members, one who wants to make his new church take an active role in the community.
The Rev. John Manon, 43, who began his ministry on Feb. 2, came to West Newton from Corbin, Ky., where he had been pastor of Corbin Presbyterian Church.
“I was looking for a new challenge in ministry. This is the place I felt called to,” Manon said of his move to West Newton.
“There's not a dramatic difference” between Corbin, a town of 5,000, and West Newton, Manon said.
Manon replaces the Rev. Arthur Seaman, who had been interim pastor of the United Presbyterian Church for 16 months. Seaman replaced the Rev. Patrick Sileo, who left the United Presbyterian Church for the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, N.J.
“My hope is that we can be considered the community church. We want to partner with other churches in town and take an active and leading role,” Manon said.
Manon and his wife, Kelley, have two children who have made the transition to the Yough School District: Alyssa, a freshman, and Steven, a sixth-grader, Manon said.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-836-5252.
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