Layman named head of council
Bringing the Washington County church community together has traditionally been a clergyman's job.
But for the first time, a layperson, Bob Hyssong, is taking on that role.
This month Hyssong was named executive director of the Washington County Council of Churches.
"I thought I would try to give it the best that I knew how," he said.
Hyssong's main goal is recruiting more churches into the council. Currently, about 40 of the county's 175 churches are members.
Together, the council can accomplish goals that individual churches could not, he said.
"You have more talent, more financial resources. It improves the quality of life of the community," he said.
The council helps people who have fallen on hard times through its social service center, operating at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. Member churches refer people there who can't pay their light bills or put food on their tables.