By Ward LeHardy
Exciting events are taking place at the newest church building in Northumberland County, Light of Christ Anglican Church. Built just ½ mile east of the High School on Route 360, Light of Christ Anglican Church was completed in late October of 2015, and the congregation said farewell to their temporary home of the past 3 ½ years, First Baptist Church in Heathsville, VA.
The new facility was dedicated on November 15, 2015, with Bishop John Guernsey of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic presiding. The Rev. Jeffrey Cerar was at the Bishop’s side as members and visitors worshiped with the building’s first overflow crowd. On December 31, 2015, the Rev. Cerar retired, after 19 years of leading this congregation successfully through some very challenging times.
Three days later, on January 3, 2016, the new rector, the Rev. Mike Moffitt, led the worship service and a new era for Light of Christ Anglican Church began. He and his wife of 43 years, Teresa, were warmly welcomed by the congregation. On February 1, Bishop Guernsey returned to host the Service of Investiture for Mike as the new rector. The final formal portion of the Investiture was a powerful and moving prayer by the new rector, as he knelt and prayed, devoting himself to the Lord and to this ministry, asking for the Holy Spirit to enable him to serve faithfully.
At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Guernsey said, “Mike, I am so thankful for you and Teresa and for your humble obedience to God’s call to come to the Northern Neck. Preach Christ crucified, teach this flock, encourage them, pray for them, build them up to greater maturity in Christ, and lead them out in the power of the Holy Spirit to love and serve this community and to draw those who need Jesus into this loving fellowship.”
Mike and Teresa Moffitt came to the Northern Neck from Roanoke, VA where Mike was the associate pastor at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. This was a part-time position; his full-time job was as the Director of the Salvation Army-Red Shield Lodge, a homeless shelter for men in downtown Roanoke. Mike has been in ministry since January, 2007, when, at age 53, he accepted a full time job at Orchard Hills Anglican Church as the associate pastor. In 2009 he attended Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA), graduating in 2011, with a MA degree in Mission, with emphasis on pastoral care. He returned to Roanoke to continue his work with the Salvation Army, and was ordained a priest in January, 2013. One of the fascinating parts of Mike’s life prior to full-time ministry, is that he spent much of his adult life as an over-the-road truck driver, with approximately 2 ½ million miles behind him. His passion is helping those who want to know Christ more deeply through in-depth Bible study and prayer.
Light of Christ Anglican Church is blessed to have this couple with us and, if the first month of Mike’s leadership is any indication, we expect exciting times ahead as we welcome many new members to our church, and experience the love God has for us and our mission: “To know Jesus Christ and make Him known to others.”
Ward LeHardy is a member of Light of Christ Anglican Church in Heathsville, VA.