september Letter

"THIS IS THE LORD'S DOING; IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES" (PSALM 118:23)

We are delighted to announce that God has answered our prayers for a new pastor. At a Special Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 the Reverend, Dr. Matthew Paul was elected to be the next pastor of First Presbyterian Church Port Angeles by a nearly unanimous vote of the congregation.

The Pastor Nominating Committee of FPCPA, after much prayer and discernment, and guided by the Holy Spirit, felt strongly that the gifts, vision, and experience of Reverend, Dr. Matthew M. Paul are well matched to inspire and lead our congregation in the faithful pursuit of God’s will in the years to come. We are thrilled and excited to welcome Matt to our congregation as our next pastor!

Please welcome the Rev. Dr. Matthew Paul, his wife Becca, and son Arie to our church family. They are excited about coming back to the Pacific NW, being near family and getting to know our congregation. Pastor Matt is passionate about “helping others see their lives as part of the greater story of God’s redeeming work in Christ and to become active partners with Jesus in his ministry”. He will begin his work with us on Monday, Sept. 10. All are invited to greet Rev. Dr. Matthew Paul and attend worship on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 am or 11 am.

Congratulations to the First Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles on calling such a uniquely gifted pastor in the Rev. Dr. Matthew Paul! I have had the privilege of having him as a friend and colleague for over 15 years. Matt's ministry is marked by a passion for the gospel of Christ, an astute and caring spirit, and an intellectually sound approach to preaching and teaching. I am excited for the church to step into this new season of life with the Paul family. Matt and Becca will pour their hearts into your community, and Christ will be glorified throughout Port Angeles and beyond! - Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith, Senior Pastor/Head of Staff, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego, OR.

Matt is dedicated and devoted to Jesus Christ. He is passionate about the mission of Christ in the world but is even more excited when others find their gifts for ministry and find their calling in mission. He is a thoughtful preacher who brings both his heart and his mind to his preaching. He enjoys life and welcomes opportunities for fellowship. His family are funny, warm, and kind-hearted. I wish them and you all God's blessings! - Pastor Kyle Otterheim