Galilee Lutheran wel­comes pas­tor

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CH­ESTER — Galilee Lutheran Church in Ch­ester wel­comed the Rev. Belete Be­lay to its min­istry on Oct. 1, 2017, at a spe­cial in­stal­la­tion ser­vice at­tended by mem­bers, friends and fam­ily. Be­lay was joined at the ser­vice by Galilee’s re­tired pas­tor, Rev. Charles Bra­band of Greens­boro, who served Galilee for more than 20 years, and Rev. Dr. Wak­sey­oum Idosa, pres­i­dent of the eight mil­lion mem­ber Ethiopian Evan­gel­i­cal Church Mekane Ye­sus. The Rite of In­stal­la­tion was con­ducted by the Rev. Dr. John Den­ninger, pres­i­dent of the South­east­ern Dis­trict of the Lutheran Church Mis­souri Synod.

Rev. Belete Be­lay served faith and ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions for sev­eral years in his na­tive coun­try of Ethiopia, be­fore com­ing to the United States in 2013. In Ethiopia, he was an evan­ge­list, lec­turer, col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tor and in­struc­tor.

He co­founded the Lead­star Univer­sity Col­lege, a higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tute for lead­er­ship and man­age­ment stud­ies, and founded Am­manuel Pub­lish­ing and Ad­ver­tis­ing, a pri­vate Ethiopian en­ter­prise ded­i­cated to in­form­ing cit­i­zens about demo­cratic and hu­man rights prac­tices.

Be­lay is cur­rently work­ing to­ward the Doc­tor of Min­istry de­gree at Trin­ity School for Min­istry in Am­bridge, Pa. His ed­u­ca­tional path in Ethiopia in­cluded earn­ing the Master of Di­vin­ity in Church his­tory from the Ethiopian Grad­u­ate School of The­ol­ogy and the Bach­e­lor of The­ol­ogy at the Mekane Ye­sus Theog­i­cal Sem­i­nary.

Be­lay and his fam­ily will re­side on Kent Is­land.

PHOTO COUR­TESY LOIS MILLER

The Rev. Belete Be­lay, right, joins the min­istry of Galilee Lutheran Church in a spe­cial cer­e­mony Oct. 1. He was joined at the in­stal­la­tion ser­vice by the Rev. Charles Bra­band, for­mer pas­tor of the church.

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