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McIntyre to serve as new pastor at Hagerstown church

July 20, 2008

Robert McIntyre has been called to serve as pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 216 N. Cleveland Ave., in Hagerstown.

McIntyre, originally from Luke, Md., began serving at Christ Lutheran on June 1. He and his wife, Becky, will be relocating to the Hagerstown area in the near future.

A 2008 graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., McIntyre graduated with a master of divinity degree with a concentration in town and country church ministry.

He graduated from Bowie State University with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in business technologies. Prior to this, he earned an associate degree from Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Md.

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McIntyre is a member of Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westernport, Md., where he served as deacon and council president. He has been member of the Bishops Lay Leaders program and part of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the ELCA for 15 years. In this capacity, he served various congregations, presiding over worship services, and bringing God's message.

McIntyre was ordained at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cumberland June 14 by Bishop Gerard Knoche of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. He was installed as pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran a day later by Pastor Quentin Fleming, dean of the Washington County Conference of Lutheran Churches, ELCA.

Prior to attending seminary, McIntyre worked for 30 years for the Westvaco Paper Co. in Luke. He is a life member of the Luke Volunteer Fire Company, a life member of the Tri-Towns Ambulance and Rescue Service, and holds membership in the Potomac Fire Co. of Westernport, Maryland, and the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department, Cresaptown, Maryland. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam era, having served seven years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

"I look forward to serving the residents of Hagerstown in many ways," McIntyre said.

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