Last updated: June 01. 2013 1:18PM - 321 Views
Taylor Pardue
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Rebecca Maynard will be leaving her position as associate minister at the First Baptist Church of Elkin.

A special ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the church’s fellowship hall. The community is welcome to come and celebrate her time and service.

While she has enjoyed her time at the church and has a deep love for the people, she says she has felt pulled toward ministering in another capacity. She will be focusing on spiritual direction, a form of counseling that seeks to help people in their relationship with God.

Maynard will also be offering spiritual retreats for churches as part of a new business she is creating, part of a program called spiritual formation.

She also looks forward to helping churches with their labyrinths, spiritual walkways attached to the main building that serve as a representation of the walk that people have with God.

Maynard will be leaving the church in the hands of Rick Bennett, the church’s new pastor who began there October, 2012.

Maynard said she does not know of any plans to fill her vacancy at the time.

Maynard has been at the church for over thirteen years. Originally from Philadelphia, she moved here with her husband and four children for several reasons. One was to be within driving distance for her husband to commute to his job at Lowe’s. The others were for Elkin’s small-town feel and excellent reputation of the Elkin School system.

She and her family moved into a house across from First Baptist, but did not immediately consider the church. Maynard joked that attending there would be “too easy, and the temptation to roll out of bed and go right to church might be too great.”

Three years later, in 1999, she found herself not only drawn to the church as a member, but as an associate minister.

Maynard expressed that she did not want to leave ministering to people, but felt that this new business and ministry was the direction she needed to go.

She said she felt humbled by the attention of the church and press, and she smiled as she talked about her congregation and the upcoming service Sunday.

To contact Taylor Pardue, call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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