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Baie Verte Pentecostal pastors will be missed both in and out of church

Greg and Crystal Patey, pictured here with their two-year-old son Judah, are relocating from Baie Verte after six years.
Greg and Crystal Patey, pictured here with their two-year-old son Judah, are relocating from Baie Verte after six years.

BAIE VERTE, NL - Trinity Pentecostal Church in Baie Verte is losing its pastors - the community is losing much more.  

After six years with the church, Greg and Crystal Patey have accepted positions at Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle in Bishop's Falls.

Greg, from St. Lunaire-Griquet on the Northern Peninsula, and Crystal, who grew up in Conception Bay South and has family from Point Leamington, expanded their family to three while living in Baie Verte. Their son Judah is now two years old.

They have both ministered in several communities in this province and enjoyed their time in Baie Verte, according to Greg.

"The generosity of the people blows us away. The gifts they give and the time they give and the heart they have for other people - it's just a tremendous community that we have integrated ourselves in," he said.

The couple's involvement in the community extends well beyond the doors of their church. Both Greg and Crystal are passionate volunteers.

Greg has been a part of the town's food bank and served as chair of the hospital's pastoral care committee. Crystal served on the town's Spree by the Sea Soiree planning committee. She's also been on The Gathering committee in Burlington and has volunteered on her community's Come Home Year committee.

"I think that's what we're going to miss the most," Greg said, referring to sharing their time with others.

He believes the community of Baie Verte has changed a great deal over the past six years.

"There was a little bit of a lull, the economy wasn't that great," he said "But now, especially with the mining operations that have picked up, and with Shoreline Aggregates, because of all the things happening here that vibrancy is coming back. People have a more positive attitude."

That vibrancy is also evident in the church's congregation, according to the minister.

"We've seen financial growth, we've seen numerical growth, and we've seen spiritual growth in our church in the last six years," he said.

Youth and young families are a big part of the church, according to Greg. The Pentecostal church is the only church in the community with both a children's ministry and a youth ministry, he said.

"And we feel our church is becoming the centre of the community in a world where the church is rarely the centre of the community anymore," he said.

While he and his wife are leaving Baie Verte later this month "with heavy hearts," they are embracing their new positions in Bishop's Falls.

"We are leaving feeling that things are in God's hands and he is leading us... we are just trying to be obedient and follow," he said.

Crystal said she will miss living in Baie Verte. The community has been very good to her and Greg and their son, and accepted them as family, she said.

"Neither one of us are from here, so it's great to feel you're at home amongst people who love us and who we love," she said. "Judah knows a lot of the people by name, and he looks forward to seeing them when we go into the church and the community. Which makes it hard to leave."

Gordon and Bonnie Saunders of Baie Verte have become friends of the Pateys. He said the pastors will be missed a great deal and their departure is a big loss to the community.

"We really appreciate them for the years they've been here," he said. "They are a very talented couple when it comes to music and singing."

The Pateys were involved in the community in every way possible, he said.

"We have been very close to them, especially since Judah came along," he said. "We wish them well in the future. They will be greatly missed."  

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