Methodist minister welcomes move to 3-church Carroll County charge Pastor is resident of Ellicott City

August 27, 1993|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

Arthur R. Kent of Ellicott City has been appointed to the pastoral charge of Brandenburg, Morgan Chapel and Mount Olive United Methodist churches in southwestern Carroll County.

Mr. Kent, 47, who began his ministry in 1970, said he is delighted with his new post. He comes to the area from the pastoral charge of Good Shepherd and Dorguth Memorial United Methodist Churches in Baltimore.

"It's refreshing to get out to this territory," he said. "It's very beautiful out here. I've been in the inner city for the last 10 years. I'm more of a country person. I like fresh air and elbow room."

Mr. Kent replaced Suzanne Weber, who was transferred to a new charge in Baltimore July 1. He said getting to know the

congregations of the three churches is one of his top priorities.

Preaching from the Bible is a primary emphasis in Mr. Kent's ministry, as are social justice and human welfare issues.

"I consider myself evangelical," he said. "I believe a person needs to make a decision for Jesus Christ at some point. . . . You just don't evolve as a Christian."

A native of Newton, Mass., Mr. Kent said his family was very active in the church. "I grew up in the church," he said.

Mr. Kent credits a former Sunday school teacher and professor at Boston University, Dr. L. Harold DeWolf, with suggesting a career in the ministry. He said he rejected the idea until he had earned an undergraduate degree in sociology at American University.

After working as a social worker for a short time, Mr. Kent $H realized he was "not satisfied."

"I found myself drawn into seminary," he said.

In attending Wesley Theological Seminary, Mr. Kent said he was "born again."

"I did not define myself as a Christian until I was already in seminary," he said. "God had come into my life in a way that was not there before."

Talking about the love of God and the power of God to change lives is what Mr. Kent said he enjoys most about being a minister.

"I love small groups," he said. "I enjoy preaching and Bible study."

Mr. Kent has been a pastor at churches in Laytonsville in $H Montgomery County, Chase in Baltimore County, Baltimore and Washington. He spent five weeks as a Volunteer in Mission in Grenada.

Mr. Kent also attended Claremont Graduate School in California for four years.

He recently was secretary of the Equitable Compensation Commission of Baltimore-Washington Conference. He and his wife, Ruth, have served on the Division of Camping and as volunteer camp directors at the West River United Methodist Camp.

Mrs. Kent, a registered nurse, works for the Baltimore Health Department. The Kents have three adult children -- Mikal, Martin and Kimberly.

The couple enjoys gardening, swimming, hiking and vacations at the family homestead near the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Mr. Kent preaches at each of the three churches in his charge every Sunday. The first service is at 8:30 a.m. at the Brandenburg church, 6050 Old Washington Road, Sykesville.

Worship continues at 9:45 a.m. at the Morgan Chapel church, 6750 Woodbine Road, Woodbine. The final service is at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olive church, 2917 Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy.

Sunday school classes at Morgan Chapel and Mount Olive will resume after Labor Day, Mr. Kent said.

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship group, which serves teen-agers from the three churches, meets on Sunday evenings.

Kent said a youth camping trip at Greenbriar State Park is planned this month.

For more information, call the Morgan Chapel office, 795-2304.

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