PARKERSBURG - Sean Law of Parkersburg said he wanted to start preaching because of a desire in his heart and ability to talk to people.
He said he has always been the kind of person who wants to learn what others have to say; it's a quirk about him he uses in his profession on a daily basis.
"God put this desire in my heart," he said of preaching for the Faith Gospel Church at 1228 Lost Pavement Road. "The Lord called me to preach and I become involved in ministry in 2007."
Photo by Mandi Cardosi
Minister Sean Law stands in front of Faith Gospel Church, 1228 Lost Pavement Road, at a sign advertising the first ice cream social the church will hold today.
Law said he had help from his family when it came to choosing where he wanted to preach about a year ago. He said it wasn't hard for them to decide the non-denominational church on the edge of the city they both grew up in was right for them.
His wife, Teresa, and son Eli, 7, knew the church was the place for them after three weeks of Law preaching.
"(The church) has been a blessing to me and my family," Law said. "There's no doubt God called us to do this."
Preaching God's word at his previous home church, 14th Avenue Gospel Mission, Law said he became comfortable with the profession God chose for him. He said he has never been scared of preaching God's word after being "saved" in 2004.
He prayed about stepping out and being the head pastor of a new church and he said God answered those prayers pretty clearly.
"I prayed about it and God confirmed," Law added.
The church, about 1.5 miles on Lost Pavement when coming from Gihon Road, holds a 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday worship with a Sunday service at 6 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Church members and officials are holding their first ice cream social from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. Visitors to the social will be welcome to free ice cream and gospel music.
The church participates in community outreach programs, including working with the Salvation Army and Latrobe Street Mission. Law said they preach the gospel by financially supporting two local families through the Latrobe Street Mission service.
"You never know where the Lord will lead you," he said. "We want to help people grow closer to God and see the lost become saved."
For more information and upcoming events visit the church's website at www.faithgospelchurch.org.