Jim Pelley new pastor at Meeker Christian Church | Rio Blanco Herald Times


SWEET | With many ties to northwest Colorado, Jim Pelley is happy to take on the role of pastor at Meeker Christian Church. He replaces longtime minister Merv Johnson, who died earlier this year.

Jim has deep roots in the area as the grandson of Moffat County Farmers. He and his wife Jean are former students of Craig High School. Jim remembers playing football against the Meeker Cowboys. He operated a cattle ranch on Black Mountain until his call to the ministry at age 40, when he attended Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1980.

Jim pastored the Christian Church in Vernal, Utah, for a time, but recently lived in Marthasville, Missouri, with their adult daughter, who spent 15 years as a missionary in Russia. The couple also have two adult sons who live in Texas, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I thought I was retiring five years ago,” Pelley said. It hasn’t happened yet.

He was contacted by longtime friends Frank and Lois Sampson about the pastoral position at Meeker, and the Pelleys decided to return to their northwest Colorado roots, this time to Meeker.

For Holy Week, there will be a communion service on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m., an in-house sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at Meeker Christian Church, 443 School St. Regular services Sundays include an adult Bible study at 10 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11 a.m.

By NIKI TURNER – [email protected]


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