Solid Rock Christian Fellowship announces new pastors
Upon the retirement of the former pastors over a year and a half ago, Solid Rock Christian Fellowship began looking for new leaders while being shepherded by interim Pastor Mark O’Connell and his wife Jill, who made the drive from the Sacramento area each Sunday.
The search came to a conclusion, when Pastors Cary and Grace Wallis were asked to fill in on Mother’s Day of this year, and fell in love with the people and the area of Penn Valley.
O’Connell and the congregation completed a modernization of the sanctuary, entry and rest room areas, while helping transition the leadership of the congregation to the Wallises.
On Aug. 10, Cary and Grace Wallis were installed as co-senior pastors of Solid Rock Christian Fellowship at 11665 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley.
They were introduced via video by their former pastor, Ken Hart — founding pastor of The Highlands Christian Fellowship, a 4,000-plus member congregation where staff pastors Cary and Grace Wallis operated a certified, licensed, school of ministry as well as worked as marriage counselors and mentors to both college-age and older adults planning on fulfilling the call of ministry in their lives.
The Wallises chose to have their ordination service coincide with the installation so that the many family and friends, as well as the local congregation, could participate in the occasion. Pastor Rob Christian and his wife Michele of The Rivers Foursquare Church of Yuba City performed the ordination.
Grace and Cary Wallis have been licensed pastors with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel since 2009.
They have been married for 20 years, and have three adult children and four grandchildren.
“I have found the people of Penn Valley and neighboring communities genuinely care for one another. We enjoy being here,” he said.
Grace Wallis has worked as a church office manager for several denominations, as well as a hospice chaplain.
“Bi-vocational life certainly has its joys and challenges,” said Grace Wallis. “Yet it allows us more freedom of ministry to both large and small congregations. We find this community to be very welcoming and warm. Our new congregation works together in a loving, generous spirit.”
“Grace and I are interested in finding out how we as the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship can respond to community needs in Penn Valley and surrounding communities. Come share with us,” said Cary Wallis.
The Sunday morning contemporary service is at 10 a.m.
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