Terry Hatfield comes to us as our pastor with great enthusiasm and desire to serve Christ and the Church. After a year of retirement from 46 years of full-time pastoral ministry, he sensed a deep yearning to return to preaching and pastoral care and with his openness to ecumenical service sought local pastoral standing in the United Methodist Church. He has previously served one Methodist congregation, three Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations and several congregations in the Church of the Brethren. He has served pastorates in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and Florida.
Terry was the District Executive Minister (DS) of the Northern Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren over-seeing 52 churches and 75 clergy. Prior to that, in addition to pastoral ministry, Terry was a program director and executive director in two community mental health agencies in Missouri. He is also certified as a church consultant.
Terry was licensed (1969) and ordained (1971) to the ministry in the Church of the Brethren. He has had standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ since 1994. He has served on several district, regional, and denomination committees.
Pastor Hatfield has taught many seminars on church renewal and revitalization, leadership development, evangelism and church growth, and worship planning. Recently, he developed a handbook for churches on transformation and growth.
Rev. Hatfield has degrees in Business (marketing), Theology, and Pastoral Counseling and took graduate courses in spiritual direction.
Terry grew up in Southeast Kansas (Altamont) and in a small town Presbyterian Church. He has a deep love for rural small town communities and churches, their values and contribution to American life. He attended and graduated from college in Kansas (Parsons and Pittsburg).
Terry and his wife, Linda, have been married for 43 years. They have two adult children seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, four cats, and a cocker spaniel. They enjoy flower gardening, reading, dining out, and work/play on the internet. Terry enjoys doing genealogy and closely following current events and politics.
For Pastor Terry, the Lordship of Jesus Christ is the beginning, middle and end of life and faith. Pastor Terry also holds dear to five principals for his life journey:
1. FAITH is the basis of life. Faith in God and faith in the basic goodness of others lay a foundation for living.
2. TRUTH is the plumb-line of life. Integrity and honesty measure the stature of a person and are the critical building blocks of any organization or culture.
3. LOVE is the source of life. One's capacity to care for others, sacrifice to something greater than self, and to serve for its own sake, brings joy.
4. COMMUNITY is the comfort of life. We do not live alone and our hearts will not let us. We will search for "home" in family, office, church, professional organization, or the corner bar and grill....any place...until the heart is content.
5. EXCELLENCE is the quality of life. Only by the best preparation and the best effort, do we experience the best of both "being" and "doing."
Our pastor is very informal and prefers to be addressed as “Terry” or “Pastor Terry” rather than “Reverend” or “Doctor.”
Location and Phone
Elk City Church Havana Church
Walnut & Lincoln Sts. East Mary & Vore Sts.
Elk City, Kansas 67344 Havana, Kansas 67347
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