Sunday, April 29 will be a special day for the Whittier Church of God. Their Pastor, Ned Pressley, will be celebrating 25 years of service there. The church is planning a special service at 11am giving honor to Pastor Ned and his wife Alice Pressley.
Ned and Alice began pastoring the Whittier Church of God in 1987. Since his arrival, several changes have been made to the church building. Immediately after accepting the pastorate, he spearheaded a remodeling program, with new carpet, padded pews, etc. Then, in 1993, the lot adjoining the church property was purchased and plans were made to build a fellowship hall onto the church. Only a few months after the completion of the new fellowship hall, on December 13, 1995, there was a fire in the basement of the Sunday School department. This tragedy necessitated further improvements to the church. The classrooms were rebuilt and remodeled, and the church began to build a new sanctuary. The old sanctuary was converted into more classrooms, a youth room, and a Pastor’s office. The Pastor led the men of the church as they all worked tirelessly, even having “family work days” where whole families would sand, paint, etc. Then, on October 31, 1999 the new church was dedicated. Just a few years later, thanks to the church members and some community friends that wanted to help out, the building debt was paid off.
The church family has seen Pastor Pressley’s family grow up since they’ve lived at Whittier. Ned is the father of four sons, Jeffery, Randy, Timothy, and Marty. Timothy and Marty are pastors, also. The Pressleys have eight grandchildren.
Pastor Pressley has been an active part of the community, serving in the capacity of chaplaincy services for CJ Harris, and has been a part of the Church of God management, serving on the State Council for several years. He is respected in the entire Church of God denomination, as well as neighboring churches in the Whittier area.
With the blessings of God the church continues to grow, both physically and spiritually. The Whittier Church of God feels very fortunate to have a Pastor who has cared for the church family for twenty five years.
– Whittier Church of God