The First Church of God in Staunton, Virginia is excited to announce the call of Pastor Kyle Yates as our Sr. Pastor. He will begin with us early January! The Staunton church began the pastoral search process in April, 2021 and began conversations with Pastor Kyle in May. The church extended a call to him in October! We are looking forward to beginning this journey with him as Sr. Pastor.
Pastor Kyle Yates, his wife Kylie and two-year old son Kaleb come to us from Brookville, PA. Pastor Yates served as Sr. Pastor at the Scotland Ave Church of God in Punxsutawney, PA for eight years. Prior to his tenure at Scotland Ave COG, he served in other part-time pastoral and ecumenical roles. Pastor Yates graduated from Warner University in 2009 with a major in Church Ministries with concentration in Pastoral Studies; his minor was Communication with concentration in Film and Photography. He has continued education with the Anderson CARE initiative, S.H.A.P.E Cluster Group, and ISL-Doctoral Tract. He was licensed in 2011 and ordained with the Church of God in 2015. He has also taken courses with the Anderson University School of Theology.
Along with his call and heart’s desire of ministry and teaching/preaching God’s Word, he is a multi-award winning photographer. He has vast experience in the photography field and has received over 280 awards! As he has captured many beautiful moments through his camera eye of the lives of people, places, and landscapes, he has captured God’s call and the hearts of the Staunton church. We look forward to his leadership and serving with us! We will celebrate his coming to Staunton in an installation service on January 30 (snow date Feb. 6)! We appreciate your prayers as the Yates family make the transition from PA to VA!