The Rev. Tory Shane Dillard took the lead at Pegram United Methodist Church this month.
The Houston County native is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology. He replaces the Rev. Dane Van Eys, who has moved to Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville.
The new pastor said he is looking forward to getting to know all of his church members.
“I look forward to all the memories we will make together. I can’t wait to hear the songs we will sing along and the stories we will tell each other,” he said. “It is truly an honor to be the new pastor of Pegram United Methodist Church, and I am excited for the adventures we will be swept off to.”
Dillard received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy of world religions from Austin Peay State University. He received his associate’s degree in business management and marketing from Nashville State Community College, answering the call to ministry during his third year of study there.
He grew up in the United Methodist Church, and describes himself as a Wesleyan.
During the pandemic, Pegram UMC is using a hybrid worship model. The church partially reopened June 21 after conducting only virtual services and meetings for months. Sunday services are live-streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and on the church website, www.pegramumc.org.
A small group of worshippers attend in person wearing masks; required social distancing reduces in-person attendance because Sanctuary seating is six feet apart.