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Friends,

Thank you so much for your kind reception as I join you to serve the Kingdom of God at Gomer Congregational Church.  I look forward with eager expectation to the journey that lies ahead.

A little bit about me and my family.  I am originally from Pioneer, OH which is in Williams County, about 70 miles northwest of Gomer.  My parents are Mike and Diane Wilder.  My dad is an auto mechanic, and when I was in college, began serving as a pastor.  He now serves as pastor of the Nettle Lake United Brethren church and also our home congregation, the Madison Church of God.  My brother, Jesse, lives in Marysville and works at Honda. 

Personally, I experienced a call to Christian ministry after my freshman year of college and transferred from Albion College, where I was studying biology, to The University of Findlay where I could be more actively engaged in campus ministry.  I graduated in 2006 with a degree in computer science with minors in mathematics and music.  I graduated from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree and again in 2015 with a Master of Arts (Theological Studies).  I was ordained to the gospel ministry on July 24, 2011 in the Great Lakes Conference of the Churches of God, General Conference.  Prior to coming to Gomer I served at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, as pastor of the Union Chapel Church of God near Bryan, and as Associate Pastor of the Seville Community and New Haven Churches of God in Elwell and Sumner, MI. 

I am very happy to join your community and ask for your prayers for a happy and productive time here.

Grace and peace,

Jim