Pastor Search and the Hopper Family (Updated 05/17/2020)
Ripley First Presebyterian Church welcomes Kurt and Velinda Hopper and their family. The Congregation approved the call
of Kurt Hopper to Ripley First as a CLP2 by a unamious vote on May 17, 2020.
Kurt preached at his home church on May 17 and baptized his oldest son, Jonathan. What a blessings!!
The family will be starting the move to Ripley on May 26 expecting
to arrive between May 29-30.
He will be commissioned and installed as CLP 2 on June 14, 2020.
The Hoppers are planning to begin the moving trip on May 26. They should
arrive in Ripley on May 29 or 30. Under the current pandemic rules for the State of Ohio, traveling into Ohio fro out of state requires a quarantine of 14 days. Given that, the Commissioning and Installation for Kurt is planned for the worship
service of June 14, 2020.
(Updated in April) Pastor Kurt Hopper has accepted the call to come to Ripley First Presbyterian Church. Kurt, his wife Velinda, daughters Madisen, Sara, Izabella, and sons Jonathan and Jaxon are
very excited to be joining Ripley First as we begin to assure the legacy of Ripley First continues. The Session has taken an "all in" position to continue the mission of service to Ripley and the surrounding area. It is obvious that something "new"
is required that will protect the history of Ripley First and create the next chapter in the the church's wonderful history. Ripley First has been blessed with the financial resources to accomplish this effort. We pray that the current congregation
of Ripley First will be a part of this effort.
Velinda will also take on the role of Music Director as God has blessed her with wonderful musical talents.
The Church through the excellent work of the trustees, have identified and are pursuing
a home located at 1101 Elizabeth St. Kurt and Velinda have seen videos of the home and are very excitied.
They will be arriving just as soon as we have the house in our name and that is is safe for them to travel. We are hoping that
Kurt will be installed around June 7, 2020 should all the pieces fall into place. Kurt may be here earlier, but that again depends on travel safety.