Welcome From Pastor John
There are probably few moments in a pastor’s day filled with more joy than the opportunity to welcome guests to the community of faith. For centuries that welcome would take place on site before or after the worship service, or at the home of a guest. Today, however, the first contact many have with a congregation (and its pastor) is on the web. And while it may not be quite as personal as a visit, I am happy you are allowing me a moment to welcome you to Parkston Congregational Church! We invite you to join us for a service soon, and to take part in the great opportunities we offer for worship, study, fellowship, and service. You are also warmly invited to call me or contact me if I can be of help to you in any way or answer any questions. The Lord bless and keep you!
Pastor John Fanella
About the Pastor
John Fanella has been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years. Prior to coming to Parkston Congregational, he served Zion Congregational in Cheyenne, WY, Old Goshenhoppen Reforned Church in Woxall, PA, Beulah Congregational in Beulah, ND, and as Associate Pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina (the church Billy Graham grew up in). He completed his theological study at Arizona College of the Bible and Wheaton Graduate School. He is the author, editor, or contributor of a dozen books including: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Made Easier to Read (P&R Publishers), The NIV Pastor’s Bible (Zondervan), Pastoral Ministry in the 21st Century (Group), and he played a key editorial role in the Dialogue of Faith Series (Waterbrook). For many years, Pastor John was the Great Plains Area Representative for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and served on the CCCC Editorial Committee. He was also a speaker at a CCCC national convention and has served as Chaplain of the Day for the North Dakota House of Representatives. Pastor John is married to his beloved wife Cheryl, and has three children (Jonathan, Faith, and Gianna), and one granddaughter (Ella).
His sermons can be heard at http://www.fanella.sermon.net.