Huron Chapel begins process to replace Royall - Sept. 20, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
As Pastor Mark Royall presided over his final day at Huron Chapel in Auburn, the church’s elders are already hard at work to find his replacement.
Royall’s announcement earlier this month stated that he would be moving on in a few weeks’ time and in the time since, the wheels to replace Royall have been put in motion.
On his final Sunday, Royall spoke about the need to connect with God and to understand yourself through prayer. He ended his time at the church with a formal benediction, saying those words were the last ones he wanted to say to a congregation that had given so much to him, his wife Glenda and his family over the last seven years.
The church’s elders are calling a congregational meeting sometime in the next four to six weeks, the result of which should be the appointment of an interim pastor, who will then serve the church for between six to 12 months.
A pastoral search committee will then be appointed and the members of that committee will then interview candidates for the new lead pastor position.
Ernest Dow, the former pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship, will remain in his role as associate pastor at the church.
Dow, who was brought on to assist with the workload when his church dissolved and was absorbed into Huron Chapel says that Royall’s departure doesn’t change his capacity with the church and that a search for a full-time replacement should begin soon.
In the church’s recent bulletin, the elders informed the congregation that they met with Claran Martin, regional minister for the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC) on Sept. 6 and immediately began work on “piecing together a strategic plan for Huron Chapel for both the immediate, and more distant future.”
For more information on the church, visit huronchapel.com.