New leader, new hope: Clarkton church installs new pastor

“Building up the Kingdom of God through preaching, teaching, and singing” is the motto of the Rev. Andrew Pabon, who was recently installed as the long-awaited pastor and shepard for New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, located 1604 White Plains Church Road in Clarkton. Pabon was installed July 22, 2018, at 3:30 p.m.

He enjoys reading and preaching God Words, and he also appreciates learning and working with diverse multicultural races and people. Pabon is a husband, father, and grandparent who comes to the congregation by way of New York City and is affectionally called by his wife Gertrude of 36 years “a country boy”. He enjoys spending time with family.

He has served this country with valor while enlisted in the United States Army from 1979- 1985 and was honorably discharged as an Army disabled veteran. Pabon also serves in the community, working at the N.C. Department of Commerce as a career advisor with the N.C. Works Career Center in Elizabethtown.

Since being ordained by Union Missionary Baptist Association and Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Raeford, he has attended Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Ga., graduating cum laude with a master of ministry, as well as Fayetteville State University with a B.A. in sociology.

Pabon has served in many positions to bring understanding and faith to the believers, from being the assistant pastor at the House of Emmanuel Church in Hope Mills, intern pastor New Mission Baptist Church in Fayetteville, and assistant to the pastor at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church of Raeford.

“Along with a list of associations, organizations and community services, Rev. Pabon is a welcome asset to Christian community and the ministry,” said Ricky Singletary, public information officer for the Hammond Missionary Baptist Association.