NEW PASTOR   Chad Edgington (top right) has taken the reins as new pastor at First Baptist Church of Olney. He comes to town with (l-r) son Sawyer,
NEW PASTOR Chad Edgington (top right) has taken the reins as new pastor at First Baptist Church of Olney. He comes to town with (l-r) son Sawyer, daughter Emerald, wife Melissa and daughter Adelade. ((Photo Courtesy Chad Edgington))

First Baptist Church of Olney now has a brand new pastor who can attest to the fact that the Lord opens up doors if you are willing to look for them. Chad Edgington and his family have been in Olney just short of two weeks, and already feel as though they are home.

“This place is amazing, the way people have loved us,” Edgington said.

Edgington comes to Olney from Wake Village, a suburb of Texarkana, along with his wife, Melissa, and their three children: Adelade, 8; Sawyer, 5; and Emerald, 15 months. The position at First Baptist Church marks his first as pastor, but he has been involved in churches throughout his entire life, regardless of where circumstances have taken him.

He was raised in Bedford, and said he was called to ministry as a teen. However, he did not feel the time to heed that call was right.


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“I probably just wasn’t ready,” Edgington said. “It took me a while to mature in my faith.”

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