brings with him a wife, daughter and two sons to the area.
has a vision.
envisions a place where people from all walks of life, social and economic lifestyles, colors, and even education can come together and worship.
As the new pastor at Community of Faith Church, Lovins sees much of that now out of the estimated 125 member congregation.
first Sunday of proceeding over a church service at the church, Lovins
sees more than a warm congregation ready to worship and help others throughout the community.
wife and children's future right there with them.
Following almost a week in Maryville, Lovins
feels very much welcomed at his
new post at the church.
Lovins said he believes God showed him the opportunity to move to Maryville from Weston where he could make a difference in helping to bring people closer to God.
"I tend to bring a good deal of excitement and I have a passion to reach people to bring positive change into people's lives through their encounter with Christ," Lovins
"I think the Lord uses us to impact folks that way and make a positive difference."
While some people dislike the idea of speaking in front of a crowd, Lovins
enjoys having the scripture preached in a relevant and exciting manner.
Even while taking photos for this story, he
relaxed considerably as stood behind his
podium at the church.
When deciding to devote his
life to ministry, he
love of speaking to people was a large step in that direction.
"It was an impulse of the heart to spend my life ministering to people's souls and hearts," Lovins
"And wanting to see the fruit of that just pointed me in the direction of the ministry."
Lovins has a wife, Cathy and three children, a 13-year-old girl, Adie, who is now enrolled at Maryville Middle School, and two boys, Elijah, 8 and Israel, 5.
Both boys now attend Eugene Field Elementary.
gets settled into his
new position, he
hopes to grow current programs at the church and offer a renewed push to reach more of those 25 years old and younger.
also hopes to grow the congregation to roughly 400-500 people and have a new church built on acreage the church currently owns at the south end of the city.
"But for now, we're rockin and rollin at 921 E. Third St.," Lovins