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New pastor takes over at Funkstown church

July 13, 2009

FUNKSTOWN -- Michael K. Louia worked briefly as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and 20 years at a Wachovia Bank before he turned his life in a dramatically new direction.

The new pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown, Louia is a North Carolina native.

In 2005, Louia and his family moved to New Oxford, Pa., when he began his studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

He graduated with a master's degree in divinity degree on May 8. While he was studying, Louia served the congregations of Zion Lutheran in Seven Valleys, Pa.; St. John's in Hampton, Pa.; and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pa.

He was called to be the pastor at the historic Funkstown church on June 7 and began his duties on July 1.

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Louia was ordained June 27 at his home congregation -- First Lutheran Church in Lexington, N.C.

He and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 24. Their son, Ryan, lives in North Carolina. Daughter Megan is a rising freshman at Susquehanna University.

Louia said he is excited to serve at St. Paul's and welcomes everyone to participate in Christ's ministry there.

Organized in 1771, St. Paul's is at 24 E. Baltimore St. in Funkstown. The last full-time pastor was Darrell Layman, who retired in April 2008 after 10 1/2 years at the church.

Louia describes St. Paul's as a historic congregation that is interested in following the Holy Spirit's guidance while bringing the good news of the risen Lord Jesus to everyone in the community.

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