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Faith & Spirituality

March 7, 2014

Plattsburgh church installs new pastor

PLATTSBURGH — The Rev. Gregory R. Huth hasn’t seen a winter like this since growing up in his native Seven Hills, Ohio.

“I didn’t think I was going to live through a winter like this again, and here we are,” said Huth, the newly installed pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Plattsburgh.

THINKING LONG-TERM

The church and Huth, who arrived Dec. 1, 2013, said yes to each other when they each sought a match through the New England Synod.

“The church was looking for a long-term pastor, someone who will be a stable influence here,” Huth said. “I think they were looking for a pastor with some experience, somebody who will bring the spirit of God’s love to a place, be a warm person and build the church.”

The church has a small congregation of approximately 125 members. His previous call was at St. Paul’s in Dansville and Zion in Cohocton, N.Y.

“I was there for four years,” he said. “I’ve been working on a book project, which is called ‘The Great Scheme of Things: The Cosmos of First-Century Christians.’ It’s what I believe the first century of Christianity was about. I just reached a critical period with it when I needed some time off and focus on that. So, I went out to seminary in Berkley, Calif., the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. I was in residence there two years working on this project, and I had another year and a half in Seattle. Then this call opened up.”

‘FELT THE CALL’

Huth was baptized and raised in the Lutheran Church but a different tradition in the Missouri Synod.

“It’s a more conservative, a more literal Bible kind of church,” he said. “When I went off to college, I went to Yale and then I became more liberal with my interpretation of the Bible.”

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