Greg and Crys­tal Patey leav­ing Baie Verte with heavy hearts

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

Trin­ity Pen­te­costal Church in Baie Verte is los­ing its pas­tors – the com­mu­nity is los­ing much more.

Af­ter six years with the church, Greg and Crys­tal Patey have ac­cepted po­si­tions at Cal­vary Pen­te­costal Taber­na­cle in Bishop’s Falls.

Greg, from St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet on the North­ern Penin­sula, and Crys­tal, who grew up in Con­cep­tion Bay South and has fam­ily from Point Leam­ing­ton, ex­panded their fam­ily to three while liv­ing in Baie Verte. Their son Ju­dah is now two years old.

They have both min­is­tered in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties in this prov­ince and en­joyed their time in Baie Verte, ac­cord­ing to Greg.

“The gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple blows us away. The gifts they give and the time they give and the heart they have for other peo­ple — it’s just a tremen­dous com­mu­nity that we have in­te­grated our­selves in,” he said.

The cou­ple’s in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity ex­tends well be­yond the doors of their church. Both Greg and Crys­tal are pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers.

Greg has been a part of the town’s food bank and served as chair of the hos­pi­tal’s pas­toral care com­mit­tee. Crys­tal served on the town’s Spree by the Sea Soiree plan­ning com­mit­tee. She’s also been on The Gath­er­ing com­mit­tee in Burling­ton and has vol­un­teered on her com­mu­nity’s Come Home Year com­mit­tee.

“I think that’s what we’re go­ing to miss the most,” Greg said, re­fer­ring to shar­ing their time with oth­ers.

He be­lieves the com­mu­nity of Baie Verte has changed a great deal over the past six years.

“There was a lit­tle bit of a lull, the econ­omy wasn’t that great,” he said “But now, es­pe­cially with the min­ing op­er­a­tions that have picked up, and with Shore­line Ag­gre­gates, be­cause of all the things hap­pen­ing here that vi­brancy is com­ing back. Peo­ple have a more pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.”

That vi­brancy is also ev­i­dent in the church’s con­gre­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter.

“We’ve seen fi­nan­cial growth, we’ve seen nu­mer­i­cal growth, and we’ve seen spir­i­tual growth in our church in the last six years,” he said.

Youth and young fam­i­lies are a big part of the church, ac­cord­ing to Greg. The Pen­te­costal church is the only church in the com­mu­nity with both a chil­dren’s min­istry and a youth min­istry, he said.

“And we feel our church is be­com­ing the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity in a world where the church is rarely the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity any­more,” he said.

While he and his wife are leav­ing Baie Verte later this month “with heavy hearts,” they are em­brac­ing their new po­si­tions in Bishop’s Falls.

“We are leav­ing feel­ing that things are in God’s hands and he is lead­ing us... we are just try­ing to be obe­di­ent and fol­low,” he said.

Crys­tal said she will miss liv­ing in Baie Verte. The com­mu­nity has been very good to her and Greg and their son, and ac­cepted them as fam­ily, she said.

“Nei­ther one of us are from here, so it’s great to feel you’re at home amongst peo­ple who love us and who we love,” she said. “Ju­dah knows a lot of the peo­ple by name, and he looks for­ward to see­ing them when we go into the church and the com­mu­nity. Which makes it hard to leave.”

Gor­don and Bon­nie Saun­ders of Baie Verte have be­come friends of the Pateys. He said the pas­tors will be missed a great deal and their de­par­ture is a big loss to the com­mu­nity.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate them for the years they’ve been here,” he said. “They are a very tal­ented cou­ple when it comes to mu­sic and singing.”

The Pateys were in­volved in the com­mu­nity in every way pos­si­ble, he said.

“We have been very close to them, es­pe­cially since Ju­dah came along,” he said. “We wish them well in the fu­ture. They will be greatly missed.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SONYA ROSE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Greg and Crys­tal Patey, pic­tured here with their two-year-old son Ju­dah, are re­lo­cat­ing from Baie Verte af­ter six years.

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