Cassville United Methodist welcomes new pastor

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Andy Lambel

Pastor Andy Lambel began serving at the Cassville United Methodist Church on July 5. He led his first Sunday service at the local church on July 10.

"I will preach the gospel and share the love of God at Cassville United Methodist," said Lambel. "We are open to anyone who wants to come and worship with us.

"The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples for the transformation of the world," said Lambel. "That is what we will do at Cassville United Methodist as well."

Lambel, who is originally from Woodward, Okla., worked as a golf professional for 16 years before be received the call to become a pastor. From 1988 to 1993, he managed pro shops and operated golf courses in Oklahoma City, Okla., Texarkana, Ark., Little Rock, Ark., Fayetteville, Ark., and Springfield.

"I was called in the spring of 2003," said Lambel. "I was attending Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield.

"It was during a Bible study that I surrendered to God's calling," said Lambel. "I think it had been coming for a long time, but it was then that it hit me that God wanted me to do something else with my life."

In July of 2004, Lambel began serving as pastor at Bell City United Methodist Church in Bell City and Sadler Chapel Church in Dexter. He served at the churches, which are both located in southeastern Missouri, for seven years.

"After I received clarity about God's call on my life the transition was pretty easy," said Lambel. "I think God had been preparing me for that moment all my life. I just wasn't spiritually mature enough to know what was going to take place."

Lambel, who has a bachelor's degree in management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, earned a master's degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Willmore, Ky., in August of 2010.

"My family and I really like Cassville," said Lambel. "We have been here since the evening of July 3, and we have really enjoyed it."

Lambel has relocated to Cassville with his wife, Jeanne. The couple has two children, Allen, 13, and Lisa, 11. Both children will attend Cassville Middle School in the fall.

Lambel hopes to organize a youth group at the Cassville United Methodist Church. He will also plan some special Bible studies and small group studies at the church in the fall. All community members are invited to attend.

"We will have Vacation Bible School July 31 through Aug. 4," said Lambel.

The theme for the program will be "Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid." Children who are in the fifth grade or younger can participate in the program. Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by a parent.

The Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. each evening. A sandwich dinner will be offered from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Lambel encourages parents to register their children by calling the church office at 847-2328.

Although Lambel has changed his career, he hasn't given up his favorite pastime. When he is not in his office at the Cassville United Methodist Church, he will likely be found at the Cassville Golf Course.

"I like the golf course," said Lambel. "I haven't had the chance to golf yet, but I have visited the course and it is very nice. Fridays will be my day off, so I will spend a lot of those days out on the golf course."

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