St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Lincoln will mark the anniversaries of Senior Pastor Wayne Alloway and Youth Pastor Don Stewart with a reception Sunday following each of the three worship services at 7:45, 9, and 10:30 a.m.
Alloway was appointed to St. Mark’s, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., in September 2002. Pastor Stewart was appointed in June 1982.
“Pastor Don’s 30 years of service at St. Mark’s is the longest consecutive appointment to the same congregation in the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church,” said John Lacey, St. Mark’s executive pastor. “It is not only remarkable, it’s truly historic.
“In the 13 years I have served with Pastor Don, I know this about him: He loves God, his family, young people and the Huskers,” Lacey added. “And, in that order.”
Lacey said that if one were to total up all the miles Don has traveled on St. Mark’s buses with all the young people his youth ministry has impacted, the number would be in the hundreds of thousands.
Alloway came to Lincoln from Scottsbluff at a time when St. Mark’s was in crisis, Lacey said.
“His positive attitude and winsome spirit became the church’s saving grace," Lacey said. "Wayne cast a seemingly impossible vision that St. Mark’s could build the new sanctuary it had envisioned when the congregation moved to 84th and Pioneers Boulevard in 1998. That vision proved not only to be possible, but became a unifying force as the church turned its gaze to the future.”
In honor of the pastors, the St. Mark’s Foundation will establish a scholarship in each of their names.
“Pastor Wayne and Pastor Don have touched the lives of so many people, not only in our church, but in the community,” said Herschel Staats, foundation board member. “We wanted a way to honor them that would carry into the future, and we wanted to encourage young people to follow in their footsteps by entering the ministry.”
The public is invited to attend the reception, which will be held in the west end of the narthex.