New pastor will lead Trinity UMC Homecoming parade

(Posted Aug. 8, 2019)

Trinity United Methodist Church of Lilly Chapel
36th Annual Homecoming
8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Rd. SE, London

11 a.m.–Parade
Noon–Opening ceremony; season debut of Madison-Plains High School marching band
1 p.m.–Kiddie pedal pull
2 p.m.–Chapel Delights gospel sing
3 p.m.–Lilly Chapel Idol contest
4 p.m.–Music by Chaz & Nicki
5 p.m.–Silent auction closes
6 p.m.–Live auction

Food will be served all day. Crafts, goodies, bounce houses and a bake sale are planned. Crafters and parade participants are welcome. For info, call the church at (614) 879-8007, Connie Ballah at (614) 329-8199, or Sandy Conner at (614) 774-3547.

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
The Rev. Tim Rash Jr. stands in front a stained glass window inside Trinity United Methodist Church. He said he appreciates the church’s history and the warm welcome he has received as the church’s new pastor. He will serve as grand marshal of Trinity UMC’s annual homecoming celebration on Aug. 17.

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

The Rev. Tim Rash Jr. is the new pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Lilly Chapel. The church’s motto, “132 Years: Loving God, Loving Each Other,” is a perfect fit for a pastor who believes love in that order can change lives.

Rash will serve as the parade grand marshal for Trinity UMC’s Homecoming celebration, set for Aug. 17 at the church, 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Rd. SE, London. The public is welcome.

Rash has been the church’s pastor for only a few weeks, but he is certain it’s where he is meant to be.

He was a certified lay speaker in his father’s church before becoming a pastor. His first appointment to a pastorship was at Salem United Methodist in Carroll, Ohio.

When he first felt called to become a full-time pastor, he resisted it.

“It’s funny,” he said. “It took a few years for me to decide it’s what I was meant to do. I wasn’t sure if it was because my dad was a pastor, and I didn’t want that to be the reason.”

Rash identified his reason for becoming a pastor and is working on bringing that reason to life.

“Seeing people grow closer to God and Jesus and identifying the needs of the community—that has become the focus of my ministry,” he explained.

Meeting the needs of the community is why Trinity UMC plans to add rooms for youth group, Sunday school classes, and Bible studies.

For Rash, it’s imperative that the church equips the community to understand the “why” of faith.

“We will have studies, beginning in apologetics, which is the study of understanding what we believe and why and defending that belief,” he said.

Rash said that adults must first understand their faith before they can expect their children to value it.

“When our children go out into the world, enter college, or just hang out with friends, they’ll encounter arguments they can’t defend. They need to know the right way to answer and defend their faith,” he said.

Rash said it will take more than adding space to a building to convince people to take time out of their busy lives to attend church. He is striving to make it relatable to today’s families.

“We’ve talked about doing different kinds of worship services on different nights,” he said. “It used to be there were no sports activities on Sundays, but now practices and games happen all weekend. We have to change what we do to fit busy family schedules.”

Rash also works outside the church walls to reach those who want to return to their community.

“I volunteer with the Horizon Prison Initiative,” he said. “I’m called an ‘outside brother.’ Every Tuesday, we sit with the inmates in the program and spend quality time with them to provide positive role models and equip them with the tools they’ll need when they are released.”

For information about Trinity UMC’s Homecoming celebration, including the parade, auction and first-ever Idol Contest, call (614) 879-8007 or email

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