Pastor Debbie Loessy said she has definitely seen “the spirit of the Lord,” in the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Factoryville.
Loessy has served as the interim pastor at the church since Dec. 1, and will continue to serve in that capacity until a permanent pastor is named.
Loessy lives in Moscow and has been affiliated with the American Baptist Church all her life. She was certified a lay minister in the church back in 2011, following her retirement after 32 years of working for Pennsylvania Power and Light.
“I really don’t know,” Loessy said about what made her decide to become a minister. “In 2005 I just started studying to get a little more knowledge (of religious subjects). This got me into the ministry.”
Loessy said she’s found the congregation in Factoryville to be a wonderful church.
“Everyone is warm and very friendly,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful experience.”
Asked how she sees herself in the role as the church’s pastor, Loessy said one of the most rewarding parts is fulfilling the need of helping others.
She recalled an incident - which occurred a few years before - about providing spiritual and emotional support to a woman who was fighting breast cancer.
Another thing she likes to do, Loessy explained, is bring new members into the church.
The pastor said she will be helping with a Cross Walk the church is holding in Factoryville on Good Friday. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, with participants walking down Main Street.
Loessy said she also serves on the Abington Baptist Association, which is part of the American Baptist Church of Pennsylvania and Delaware. The association meets every other month, Loessy explained, where they discuss matters relating to the local churches.
In Factoryville, Loessy continued, the church is planning several services in connection with Easter.
“We’re having a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m.,” she said. “During the Palm Sunday service we’re going to be performing baptisms. And on Easter, we’ll be welcoming new members.”
“The people here have been just wonderful,” Loessy continued, saying that the spirit of the Lord walks within the church. “It’s a good congregation, filled with good, loving people who are always kind to each other.”
The church has a wonderful study group, Loessy said, as well as an adult Sunday school class and other programs to meet people’s needs.
Although the decision of whether or not Loessy will continue serve as a pastor in Factoryville has not been made, she definitely intends to continue her career as a Baptist lay minister.
“The Lord has taken care of my future,” Loessy said. “I just hope to stay in ministry in the Abington Area.”