New pas­tor at Fort Oglethorpe First Pres­by­te­rian Church

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

Nearly two years ago, Fort Oglethorpe First Pres­by­te­rian Church lost its pas­tor to the United States Navy. Doyle Allen, who had served as the church’s pas­tor for seven years, wanted to ful­fill his dream of be­com­ing a Navy chap­lain be­fore he reached the age of 40, when it would no longer be an op­tion.

Thus be­gan the search for a new pas­tor. The church re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions, video footage of ser­mons and in­ter­viewed some can­di­dates in per­son. Af­ter much search­ing and soul-search­ing, they fi­nally found the right per­son — Rev. Ryan Biese.

Biese’s first plan for his life was not pas­tor but his­tory teacher. One evening he was pre­par­ing a les­son for stu­dents for a prac­tice class he had to do. “I was up late work­ing on the les­son,” says Biese, “and I re­al­ized I just wasn’t in­ter­ested in ‘the stu­dent will be able to.’”

What did cap­ti­vate Biese was an Old Tes­ta­ment course he was tak­ing. “I loved the books of Judges and Ruth where God was pre­par­ing his peo­ple for the com­ing of the Mes­siah.”

So Biese’s fu­ture took a turn. With a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Grove City Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia he headed to Mis­sis­sippi where he earned a Mas­ter’s of Divin­ity from Re­formed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Jack­son.

Biese set­tled in Mis­sis­sippi for a while. He spent four years in­tern­ing at a church in Jack­son then pa­s­tored First Pres­by­te­rian Church in Wi­nona for five years. He met Ann, the girl of his dreams, and got mar­ried, and he started teach­ing as an ad­junct in­struc­tor in Bible and World­view at Bel­haven Univer­sity.

When Biese and his wife de­cided it was time for the next step in their lives, the Chat­tanooga area ap­pealed to them. “It’s closer to fam­ily for us,” says Biese, “and we hon­ey­mooned in Chat­tanooga.”

Biese still loves his­tory, es­pe­cially Amer­i­can his­tory and English his­tory from the Oliver Cromwell era. His wife was a mu­sic ma­jor at Bel­haven and plays the flute and the clar­inet.

“Our kids are only 4 and 1,” he says, “so they’re still a lit­tle young to have se­ri­ous in­ter­ests. Our daugh­ter loves mer­maids, princesses and Paw Pa­trol.”

“My vi­sion for the church,” says Biese, “is to grow in ho­li­ness and in the im­age of God. God gave us no pic­ture of Christ or Heaven. In­stead, he meant for the church to be the im­age that por­trays Christ, a small pic­ture of what Heaven will be like — peo­ple lov­ing one an­other, shar­ing with one an­other and serv­ing one an­other. My goal is for the church to more and more re­sem­ble Heaven and less and less re­sem­ble so­ci­ety here on earth.

“We want to reach out to the com­mu­nity and the world with the truth and call the sin­ner to em­brace God’s re­demp­tion.”

/ In­grid Jones

Tiger Creek El­e­men­tary School ded­i­cated its new Ben Car­son read­ing room, funded by the Hol­land Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, on Oct. 22. From left: Ca­toosa Schools su­per­in­ten­dent’s ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Peggy Sny­der, Tiger Creek me­dia spe­cial­ist Holly Ca­puti, Lynn Hol­land, Ca­toosa Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Martha Eaker, Brice Hol­land, Candy Car­son, Ca­toosa School Board mem­ber Glo­ria Hunt, Ca­toosa Com­mis­sioner Ray John­son, Tiger Creek Prin­ci­pal David Beard.

/ Tami Brum­ley

Rev. Ryan Biese (pro­nounced Bee-zee) is the new pas­tor at Fort Oglethorpe Pres­by­te­rian Church.

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