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Church welcomes new pastor

Carolyn Thomas getting to know community, congregation as Morning Star Worship Center's new pastor


Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Carolyn Thomas settles in as pastor at Morning Star Worship Center, located at 52549 Columbia River Hwy.“This is the church that God led me to,” Carolyn Thomas says as she strolls the pews of Morning Star Worship Center in Scappoose.

A recent transplant from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Thomas is the new pastor at Morning Star. She can count the number of days she’s been in town on two hands, but she’s already setting goals for her new church and figuring out ways to further connect with the community.

“The immediate goal right now is to get to know this congregation and answer their ministry needs,” Thomas says. With a modest congregation of 30 to 40 people, she hopes to draw new faces to her church, sharing ministry and answering any and all questions. Morning Star is part of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.

“Choosing a church is very much a personal experience as much as it is being where God places you,” Thomas says. “You want to make sure you’re choosing one that only speaks to you, but allows you to feel comfortable with the people you’re in church with.”

Thomas served as assistant pastor at a church in Cheyenne for three years before leading a church in Thermopolis, Wyoming, for six years. She accepted the position at Morning Star, which she said had been vacant for about a year. She’s now leading a congregation she says is “passionate about worship, the love of Christ and the word of God.”

As she gets to know her new community, Thomas hopes others will get to know God via Morning Star.

Services are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.