Pastor brings energy to church
Maybe he’s showing his age when he says it, but Tony Bohrer thinks going to church should be exciting.
“I think (churches) have fallen into a rut of just being boring,” said the 23-year-old pastor at Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Craig.
The youngest pastor in town wants his congregation to have fun every Sunday.
Bohrer said he’s more than willing to jump on chairs and run around during his sermons to get his congregation excited.
The atmosphere at Apostolic Lighthouse had a major effect on Bohrer when he was a teenager. When he first came to the church as a 15-year-old, Bohrer was selling drugs and on probation.
“I came here, and something just changed,” Bohrer said.
He cleaned up his act, and by the time he was 17, Bohrer was a youth pastor at the church.
When he was 19, Bohrer earned his preaching license.
He took over as pastor when he was 21.
“I’ve had other preachers tell me ‘you’re too young,'” Bohrer said, but he reminds them David was just 17 when he slew Goliath.
Some people are surprised to hear the 23-year-old is the pastor of a church.
“They say ‘who do you youth pastor for?'” Bohrer said. He has to explain to them he doesn’t youth pastor for anyone, at least not anymore.
Bohrer said his age gives him more drive and zeal than other pastors might have. His age also helps him mentor young people, something Bohrer finds especially important.
“They’re our next church,” Bohrer said.
Bohrer said he wants his job to remain exciting, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it exciting.
Bohrer’s congregation seems to like having him around — more than 90 percent of them voted him in.
Pat King has been attending Lighthouse Apostolic for 28 years. He said Bohrer brings a lot of energy to the church.
“He has a lot of zeal,” King said. “Having a young pastor is kind of refreshing.”
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com
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