Man’s calling leads to Wapakoneta

After nearly 30 years as both an accountant and a teacher, Pastor Neil Brady finally answered the call to the ministry — a calling Brady said he has felt since he was a child.

“My calling started when I was a kid, but when I got older and my wife and I got married, there always seemed to be an excuse not to do it,” Brady said. “I finally decided to ‘jump off the cliff’ so to speak and just go for it. It’s what I should have done years ago.”

The 58-year-old Brady was recently named the new pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, replacing Pastor Steve Nelson, who had been at the church for about 18 years.

Brady’s first worship service was July 6, and this Sunday he will be officially ordained and installed into the church.

Describing his journey to First English Lutheran as “coming home,” Brady said he’s felt very comfortable at his new church.

“Once you become a pastor of a church the congregation becomes your home church, and that takes on a whole lot of meaning,” he said. “I’m not just a pastor, I’m now part of this family and they’ve welcomed me with open arms.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.