The Reverends Montag, Martin, Meyer, and McClure
all made valuable and long-lasting contributions to the welfare of First Church
...Dr. Hugh W. McClure III, a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, was installed as pastor on January 31, 1988.
Previously Dr. McClure
had served pastorates in Wetumpka, Alabama; Newport News, Virginia; and Columbia, South Carolina.Immediately prior to coming to Beaver, Dr. McClure served as an interim pastor in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.Dr. McClure
was a dynamic, Scripture-based preacher and a staunch advocate of the Reformed faith.He was quite effective in his pastoral role of providing comfort and hope to those with spiritual and physical needs.
It was because of Dr. McClure's vision and leadership skills that numerous capital improvements were accomplished.Members had the opportunity to increase their Biblical knowledge through Walk-Through-the-Bible classes.It was also during Dr. McClure's
tenure that increased attendance led to the addition of a second Sunday worship service at First Church
Early in Dr. McClure's
tenure, other staff positions were filled.
served the congregation until his
retirement from the full time ministry on April 30, 1996.At the time of this writing he
is living in retirement near Atlanta, Georgia.
The Rev. Joseph Hill returned to First Church
as interim associate pastor in 1995 following the departure of the Rev. Lesnett.Following Dr. McClure's
retirement, the Rev. Hill became interim pastor during the term of the subsequent search.