Galilee Lutheran welcomes pastor
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.
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.