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Pastor, EXT 202

Terry Plocher

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I am honored to be the pastor of First UMC in Carroll. I came in the summer of 2018 and enjoy both the church and community. I served churches in Eastern Iowa for 25 years most recently in Reinbeck before coming to Carroll. I also served as youth pastor in Bettendorf Iowa.

I love to offer creative preaching and teaching that speaks to the reallives of real people. I believe in REAL church. The church must reflect the REAL power of God at work in the REAL people with REAL problems and struggles. My personal goal as pastor has always been to help the church to be out in front of these problems ready and accepting of anyone who may come our way.

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended Westmar College in LeMars Iowa. I earned my Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. I completed the 2 year Academy of Spiritual Formation in 2018. During a few years when I wasn’t in pastoral ministry I also completed carpenter’s apprenticeship program to be a journeyman carpenter in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities.

My wife, Robyn is also a pastor. She serves the Panora UMC. We have two grown children, Amber and Richie, and one grandson who lives here in Carroll.

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