PIQUA — Greene Street United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor this week.
Will Leasure previously was a pastor at a church in Cincinnati for three and a half years before being appointed to Greene Street United Methodist Church.
When asked about potential goals or initiatives for the church, Leasure explained that he is still getting settled but added, “The church has been in a season of growth and momentum.” Leasure hopes to continue that for Greene Street United Methodist Church and for Piqua as a whole.
“We want to be a church that is for the community of Piqua and to love the community we’re a part of,” Leasure said. “In part of that momentum and forward thinking, hospitality has been at the forefront of what Greene Street has been thinking about. They just had a capital campaign to do improvements on the interior and exterior of the building that are for the explicit purpose of creating a warm and hospitable environment.”
Leasure said that one of the key actions for churches is “to create radical hospitality” in order for everyone to feel welcome, accepted, and loved.
In addition to making improvements on the church’s infrastructure, Leasure noted that the church has a “vibrant” child care program and also a food pantry that gets regular use.
Leasure is also excited to be a part of a church that has been ingrained in the community for as long as Greene Street United Methodist Church has.
“It’s a historic congregation,” Leasure said, adding that the church is approaching its centennial. The current building that they are in was built in 1925.
“We hope to continue to do and be a church in this community for a long time,” Leasure said.
Leasure has an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from the Cincinnati Christian University and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Leasure is originally from Dayton. He and his wife Polly have two daughters, Zoe, 11, and Addie, 9.
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