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The Journey Church to arrive in Hastings April 15

HASTINGS — The Journey Church will launch in Hastings April 15 at 9:30 a.m. inside the Caturia, Smidt and Starkson building at 201 Seventh St. E.

The new non-denominational church will be led by local Hastings man Pastor Paris Pasch. Pasch has 36 years of ministry experience in the city. He retired from Christ Family Church at the beginning of this year, but but he quickly realized he still had a lot of energy, passion and an assignment to help people add faith their life.

"So there was no reason to stop," Pasch said.

Pasch and his wife Vicki already hosted a weekly bible study and more than enough experience so they got to work. The name of the church is something that they were drawn to from their own experiences.

"The Journey was just a warm and comfortable name that settled with us because that's how we would describe our walk of faith as its been for us nearly a 40-year journey," Pasch said.

The Journey Church is expected to have a casual, family-style in which everyone is welcome. Pasch would not describe it as traditional, yet it also isn't a church that uses presentation to draw people in.

Pasch said The Journey Church is interested in everyday people learning about how their faith can work 24 hours a day.

"I try to use a preaching style that hopefully is relevant enough to the people sitting in the room that they are included talk to their specific issues," he said.

In addition, music will be used to help people feel included and engaged as they sing. The music will be what Pasch describes as enthusiastic.

The church will also utilize the talents of some musicians and singers starting with Pasch's brother's family. Rob Pasch will be helping Paris with the plant of the new church and his adult children will sing, play cello, play the violin and utilize a sound board.

Paris said when he planted Christ Family Church in Hastings three decades ago, it started with a handful of people and grew to over 400. He isn't sure what will happen with The Journey Church and the number of people isn't critically important to him.

"It's critically important that we reach the people that want to be with us," he said.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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