The New Life Assembly of God Church located at 715 E. Main St., Corry, has a new pastor who is looking forward to meeting his congregation in person.
Pastor Rodney Bard, 58, of Lancaster County, Pa., was brought on board by the church's search committee in mid-March, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, he and his family are still trying to get here.
"My wife and I are looking forward to moving to Corry," he said. "We're sort of chomping at the bit to get started. We felt right at home the first time we came."
Bard has been conducting services online via YouTube for a little more than six weeks, and making the five and a half hour drive up to Corry on the weekends to look for a house. He and his wife, Cindy, also have a house to sell in Ephrata, where they've lived for 17 years, but because of stay-home orders, getting a realtor's help has been a challenge.
They have four daughters - three grown and out of the house, the fourth, Victoria, 19, will be moving to Corry as well.
Bard said he's been trying to reach out to each of the members of the church by phone and introducing himself to everyone that way.
Despite the obstacles in making the transition, Bard said there are some positive ways to look at the situation.
"If anything, COVID-19 has made people have to step back and reassess what's important - family, health," he said. "We're excited about the church and will be glad when we can meet new people and share our love of God and community. God said to love him and each other, and that's what we will do."