There’s an air of change around the Mudgee One Life Church on Lewis Street, as long-time pastors Brian and Dawn Ludlow are heading out on their own journeys, and are being replaced by Ken and Rochelle Sauerbier.
The Sauerbiers were introduced as the new leaders of the congregation at a transition service held at the church on Sunday, August 20.
Although they have been involved in the community for a long time, Ken said that they were excited to be the ones at the helm of the church for its next chapter.
“The previous pastors had a call in their lives to get on the road and do circuit work in more remote areas where there’s not a big support base,” Ken explained.
“We’ve been here for a long time, so we’ve been become a part of the fabric of the place here. We’ve felt the call on our lives for a while now to serve in a more pastoral role, so several years ago I completed a course in ministry and got that groundwork out of the way.
“This opportunity presented itself and we felt like it was the right time to step into this role.”
The change comes at the same time as another movement for the One Life Church, where Mudgee will be joining a network of churches in the Central West, managed by the senior pastor in Orange, Greg Barnes.
“The exciting thing for us is that while we are joining in and taking that next step, this network of churches is beginning,” he said.
“We will serve here as location pastors but the Orange leadership will be over Orange, Dubbo, Wellington and now Mudgee. Through this network there’s a greater level of support from preachers to graphic sources.
“Rather than one church acting autonomously, we can all come together and help each other, and we will see a greater level of continuity for churches in the Central West.”
Sunday services are usually at 10am at the One Life Church, 17 Lewis Street.