It was my privilege this morning to formally install Rev. Josh Petty as pastor of the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene. We welcome Pastor Josh, his wife Misty, and their three sons to the Southern Florida District family!
Rev. Petty grew up in the Zephyrhills, Florida area, and is a graduate of Hobe Sound Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies degree. He has served as youth pastor in two churches, most recently on the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene, and this is his first senior pastorate. It is good to have the Pettys back in Southern Florida where they belong!
The service this morning was well attended and blessed by the presence and anointing of the Lord. One of the Petty sons, Kyle, sang as part of the worship team for the first time today. The congregation was enthusiastic and grateful as pastor and congregation exchanged meaningful mutual covenants. Rev.
Petty preached a strong holiness message and shared from Acts 2 on the priority he gives to the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for the fulfillment of mission in the life of both the individual Christian and in the life of the local congregation.
Appreciation was expressed also to Rev. Doug Kline, who served as interim pulpit supply during the time of the pastoral transition process. We pray God’s richest blessings upon the Pettys and upon the Okeechobee congregation.
Brian E. Wilson
Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene