Ordained pastors Gwen Lewis and Marian Kent at the Church of Nazarene in Neptune Street, Maryborough.
Ordained pastors Gwen Lewis and Marian Kent at the Church of Nazarene in Neptune Street, Maryborough. Karleila Thomsen

New pastor at Nazarene Church

FIVE minutes with Marian Kent and it’s easy to see why she is often compared with the lead character of British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.

Bubbly, fun-loving but deeply caring about those in her parish – just like her favourite character Geraldine Granger – Ms Kent is the new pastor for the Maryborough Family Church of the Nazarene.

“A lot of people say I remind them of the Vicar of Dibley ... I feel honoured,” she laughs.

Ms Kent took up her post at the Neptune Street parish on February 1, joining forces with long-time local and fellow pastor Gwen Lewis who preaches at Maryborough’s other Nazarene church – the Richmond Street Community Church.

Coincidentally they are the only two ordained female pastors in the Church of the Nazarene’s Northern Pacific District, which covers Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Ms Kent, who spent the past four years working as a pastor in Inala, says she and her family already feel at home on the Fraser Coast.

“So far this has just been an awesome, friendly place,” she said.

“My husband and son love it and, because we are originally country folk, we are so happy to be in a town like Maryborough.

She and Ms Lewis – who has been the pastor at the Richmond Street Community Church since 2008 – have already built a strong relationship and are looking forward to working together in order to “rebuild” the Neptune Street church.

“I was actually appointed as Marian’s mentor while she was working in Inala so we were already really close friends,” Ms Lewis said.

Ms Kent said both churches had an “open door policy” and she would love to “have new people in”.

“And I’m always up for a cup of coffee.”

Both churches hold their Sunday services at 9.30am but the Maryborough Family Church of the Nazarene also has an evening service at 6pm.

To get in contact with Ms Kent or Ms Lewis telephone 4122 4755.



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