Rev. Scott Eichelberger will be installed as senior pastor of First Alliance Church in Franklin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Dr. John Stumbo, president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, will officiate.
In seeking a senior pastor, search committee members and elders were happy to find Rev. Eichelberger, who was the executive pastor of Cary Alliance Church in Cary, N.C., for the past five years. He interned there during the previous three years while at seminary.
“We are delighted to welcome Pastor Scott and his wife Lois to the community,” said Barry Bacon, vice chairman of the board of elders. “From initial interviews through their visit with the congregation, the leading of the Lord was clear.”
Eichelberger, a helicopter pilot, retired as an Army lieutenant colonel in 2005 after 22 years of service. He holds a BS in engineering from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, an MS in Management from N.C. State, and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
“I am utterly convinced that prayer is the real work of ministry. We can and must do more after we pray, but we can do nothing of eternal significance before we pray and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power. So before attempting to minister in anything, I would lead the church to ask God to give us an effective ministry in prayer, individually and corporately,” Eichelberger said regarding ministry.
Though new as a senior pastor’s wife, Lois Eichelberger recalls her mother’s service in that role with her father. An educator, she recently retired as a community college teacher to work with her husband in ministry.
The Christian & Missionary Alliance is a fellowship of nearly six million evangelical believers worldwide, with more than 2,000 U.S. churches, dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. The Alliance has a thoroughly evangelical doctrinal statement and encourages believers from diverse backgrounds and theological traditions to unite to complete Christ’s Great Commission.
For more information about First Alliance Church, see www.franklincma.com or call (828)369-7977.