“I first heard and answered the call to ordained ministry in 1996,” he said, “and I have since been blessed to have the support of many people from within my local church and community, as well as the United Methodist Church.”
Perry was appointed to serve Boger City Methodist at the United Methodist Church’s Western North Carolina annual conference, held in June. He began serving as BCUMC’s senior pastor on July 1. He is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving more than 16 years at various appointments in the connection. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, where he earned his master of divinity degree.
Perry is celebrating eight years of marriage (October of 2009) to Karla Colindres, a native of Honduras. They have a son, Donall, who is 5.
“Donall is a very wonderful child, who, like his father, never meets a stranger!” the proud dad remarked. “Donall started kindergarten at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School this year. On his first day at school, he told me that he was going to hang out with his friends, to which I readily reminded him that since this was his first day he did not have any friends yet. And he responded by letting me know that he would! That’s how Donall is, and I love it and him very much.”
Perry added that he also loves his new appointment to Boger City Methodist.
“I love the church for the people who have supported their church, my ministry and my family, from the moment we arrived in Lincolnton,” he said. “They are truly people who take care of and love other people. I am inspired by them and look forward to the wonderful work we will do in the community as we continue to build up the kingdom of God.”
He also talked of his ministerial work.
“My responsibilities as senior pastor include, but are not limited to, leading the congregation in worship; teaching biblical texts; preaching, teaching United Methodist doctrine and polity; leading the congregation in casting an ongoing mission of outreach and evangelism into the community; ordering the spiritual lives of members; supervising staff, interns and volunteers; training and supporting the church’s leadership; daily administrative duties, pastoral care, counseling, visiting the sick and homebound; conducting and administering Holy Communion; and conducting the services of baptism, weddings and funerals,” he said.
Perry also cited the modern world’s retreat from God.
“As it relates to reaching people in a culture which seems to be more and more secular every day, we must remember that the work of making disciples for Jesus Christ has never been promised as an easy task,” he said. “However, considering the fact that God has sent love and redemption into the world, to people without merit, I would suggest that we are compelled to keep pressing on until everyone who can be restored into a right relationship with God is given an opportunity.”
With that in mind, he cited the words of Methodism’s founder, Rev. John Wesley.
“In my view,” said Perry, “our calling to the Christian life is less about the secular culture and more about sharing God’s marvelous grace with all the people we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, as long as we possibly can.
“We must remember that in following Jesus’s example, rarely will one see Him spending His time and energy on denouncing the culture,” he added. “But rather, He chooses to focus on promoting the kingdom of God to everyone. This to me is a clear indication of where our Christian focus should be. We must share this precious good news of God’s kingdom whenever we have an opportunity to do so. I truly believe that doing so will have a much more significant and positive impact on the people and systems of our culture than any other thing we can possibly attempt or imagine.”
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