Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Second-Career Pastor to Start in Murray Hill

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Second-Career Pastor to Start in Murray Hill

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

The Sun met with the Rev. Drew Marshall, 48, ordained Aug. 9 and beginning his first pastoral gig at Murray Hill Presbyterian Church, 940 Talbot Ave. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:45. To learn more about Marshall, visit www.pastordrew.com.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Chicago, raised mainly in the Midwest. We moved around a lot because of my father's job. We moved to Florida when I was 15 and I've been here ever since.

My family was always active in the church. I became an elder at 21 and remained involved in youth group my entire life. Everyone figured that I'd become a pastor someday. I prayed about it, but never felt authentically called by God to the ministry, until about four years ago. I was lamenting that I didn't have enough time to do the things at church I wanted to do. I clearly heard God tell me that I would have the time if I became a full-time minister.

So I went to seminary after a diverse 25-year career in business management, including operating a model train store. My mother's response was: "It's about time."

What's been your first order of business?

Studying the history of this church by digging through old records, minutes and talking to people. It's awesome stuff. I'm trying to find out where they have been. At one time, there were more than 550 members.

There have been two long-term pastors since 1922. The Rev. Vance Gordon served from 1941-1970 and the Rev. Clyde Wray from 1974-1995. Both retired and a bunch of interim pastors have filtered through, serving less than three years. There's been no consistency since Wray retired.

What are the benefits of being a second-career pastor?

My friends who went straight to seminary after college are envious of my path. I have a different life perspective. I know what it is like to make a living, to run a business and to work as a church volunteer. …

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