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Pastor’s calling brings her to Delmar

New head of church a rare occurrence in history of Delmar Presbyterian

The Rev. Karen Pollan has become only the third pastor in Delmar Presbyterian Church’s 57 years.

The Rev. Karen Pollan has become only the third pastor in Delmar Presbyterian Church’s 57 years. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Pollan said she has no set goals for her new church because they are already so active.

“God doesn’t live in the church, but all around us outside,” she said. “My plan is to be a partner with the church government. We need to be looking for the places God is already at work and strengthen the things already happening. The hard part is I don’t know what that is or what it looks like. We just need to be aware.”

Linda Krzykowski, co-chair of the Delmar Presbyterian Church Pastor Transition Committee, said Delmar Presbyterian is blessed Pollan is bringing her years of experience, enthusiasm and deep faith to their church.

Pollan said she is humbled to have come to such a close-knit church community. She said the fact the congregation has only had two past pastors was another big draw.

“It means they don’t chew up and spit out pastors,” she said. “It’s also a bit intimidating because the congregation had nothing but high regards for the previous pastor.”

Pollan said it is comforting to know Delmar Presbyterian is a congregation that has valued and nurtured its pastor relationships, but she also feels she has big shoes to fill.

“I’ll just have to do my best,” she said. “I think this is going to be fun.”

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