Members and staff of First Congregational Church in Mansfield, Ohio have recently welcomed Reverend Bruce E. Haapalainen, D.D. as their new Senior Pastor.
For well over 30 years, Haapalainen has taken seriously the high calling of preaching God's word and has served as Lead Pastor in churches across the nation for 21 of his 31 years in ministry.
In his most recent role, he served the congregation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, Indiana as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff.
In addition to being a devoted theologian, Haapalainen, a dedicated scholar, earned a Doctorate in Ministry and Masters in Divinity.
He has also spent time working as a Professor, teaching undergraduate courses on philosophy and religion.
"I see in FCC
a faith family ready to stand firmly on a wonderful tradition and history and reach into the tomorrows God will give us together to do ministry and mission," said Haapalainen
"I am excited and looking forward to the ways God will change the world around us through our shared life together."
Haapalainen accepted his new role as Senior Pastor following a search engagement co-managed by Sally Morgenthaler, Vice President of the Ministry Division at FaithSearch Partners.
is uniquely qualified to lead FCC's
religiously diverse congregation," said Morgenthaler.