Pastor Dick Williams has replaced the Reverend Marian E. Hartman as the pastor of the Trucksville United Methodist Church. Hartman has been appointed as the District Superintendent for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre District, effective Nov. 1.
Williams delivered his first sermon to his new congregation on Nov. 3. Following that, the congregation held a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
“I’m just excited about coming here and joining in the ministry they’re already doing,” Williams said of his new assignment.
Williams has been pastoring for 38 years. His last assignment was in Chambersburg. A Pennsylvania native, Williams was born and raised in Mount Union. He received religious training at Mansfield University and at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. He and his wife, Pam, have two grown children.
When asked about his strengths, Williams showed his sense of humor, “I joke to congregations that I bring three things with me - enthusiasm, short sermons and unusual neckties.”
His last assignment was at Chambersburg and lasted for four years. He said that was a very short term and that the assignment to come to Trucksville was an unexpected change for both him and for Hartman. He called the appointment “a pleasant surprise.”
Williams and his wife have found friendly people here in Back Mountain. “We feel very loved. They loved their last pastor and have the capability of loving us.”
He and his wife like hiking and have already discovered the Rails to Trails program and Ricketts Glenn. He also said, “We love the mountains. When you look and see mountains, you feel good.”
Williams also enjoys working with computers.
The Williams couple works as a team. He explained, “We’re a ‘we’ ministry.”
Pam Williams is also a freelance writer who has published several books on religious topics, including “A to Z Devotions for Writers” which came out this year.
Williams described himself as Biblically conservative. He said that for both he and his wife, 2 Corinthians 5:17 is a favorite scripture as the verse explains a person in Christ is a new creature. He quoted, “Old things are passed away, all things are made new.”
“This church has produced several district superintendents and haven’t been able to keep them as long,” he said of his new appointment. “We’d like to stay here a while.”
He also said of the congregation, “They’ve gone out of their way to make us feel welcome.”
Williams noted that he is also a chaplain for the Pennsylvania State Police. The program provides assistance with spiritual issues to all department personnel and their families. Williams will be appointed to a barracks in this area.