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Bedford church gets another co-pastor

BEDFORD — Bedford Presbyterian Church has a new co-pastor.

Following a yearlong search, the nominating committee presented its candidate, John Hardin Sawyer, currently at the Northminster Church in Macon, Ga.

Sawyer arrived to preach in Bedford in late September. Following worship and the called congregational meeting, the congregation voted to call Sawyer.

He will be the 30th installed pastor in the church's 264-year history. This is a historic moment for the church as we begin a new ministry with two installed co-pastors.

Sawyer was born in Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Georgia and graduated from Mercer University with a degree in music.

He later attended Princeton Theological Seminary and received his masters of divinity in 2001.

After serving as director of Christian education in a church in Charlotte, N.C, Sawyer was ordained aa associate pastor of the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Macon, Ga., in 2004 and has served there for the past nine years.

So what would prompt Sawyer and his wife, Amy, to make the change from Georgia to New Hampshire?

After a visit in July and meeting with Pastor Karen Hagy, Sawyer said is excited to work in a partnership ministry as a co-pastor with her.

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