Marty is new pastor at First United Methodist Church

By Drew Chittick bradenandrewc@gmail.com
Posted 11/16/20

The Rev. Pablo Marty became the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Paris, and a new member of the community. in July.

“I feel very comfortable in Paris, I grew up in a small …

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Marty is new pastor at First United Methodist Church

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The Rev. Pablo Marty became the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Paris, and a new member of the community. in July.

“I feel very comfortable in Paris, I grew up in a small town,” said Marty. “I came from the Dominican Republic to New York City, I was a pastor starting a new church.”

From New York, he went to Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis before joining the United Methodist Church and ministering around the Midwest.

“Since I came to Paris, I felt the love from the people of the church,” said Marty, and he is seeking broader contact beyond the church. “I became a member of the Paris Clerical Alliance. Being a pastor, you have to be available to the whole community. This week I had three funerals, somebody even called me from Marshall.”

The church remains his focal point, and he has goals for its future.

“[I want] to see more people, especially young families, into this church,” he said. “Most people are 70, 80, 90, there are some kids, but we need young blood. We have a large sanctuary, I’d like to fill it.”

Marty understands the COVID-19 Pandemic presents unique obstacles for growing a church.

“The main challenge is the church cannot be open as much for activities,” he said. “We used to invite the community to Thanksgiving to eat, we used to have Sunday school. We’re in small groups, six feet apart, wearing masks, but it’s difficult to invite people to church. When this pandemic goes, we can go back to normal.”