Pastor Nathan Wright, pictured with wife, Johanna, and children Ellie, 2, Josiah, 4, and William, 6, moved into the Londonderry Presbyterian Church's Avery House Friday morning. The family was facing homelessness earlier this summer after their landlord told them they'd have to move, but the church provided them with a home on the church campus. (April Guilmet)
Church provides home for pastor in need
On Friday morning Wright, a part-time pastor, his wife Johanna and their children moved into the Avery House, located on the campus of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church.Wright, who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the London School of Theology, said his family’s living situation had appeared pretty bleak earlier this summer.
Having served as a guest preacher in Londonderry on various occasions this past year, Wright said all the new friends he’s made at the historic Pillsbury Road church truly came through for him in his time of need.
Now that he’s living, literally, across the parking lot from the Presbyterian Church, Wright said he expects to be serving on the Londonderry pulpit several Sundays each month.
“If a situation arises where someone needs pastoral services, I’m right over here,” he said with a grin.
Rev. Dr. Sara Singleton, part-time supply pastor at Londonderry Presbyterian, said the church is allowing the family to stay at the Avery House rent-free in lieu of Wright’s preaching presence.
Singleton said the four-bedroom home had served as a parsonage many years ago, but most recently it was used as the Avery Ministry Center.
About six weeks ago, those programs were moved into the church building.
Longtime parishioner Lucille Robbins said she’s pleased as can be to have some new church neighbors.
“Really, everyone is pretty excited about it,” Robbins said. “This family needed a place to live, and it turned out, we had one right where Nathan works. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”