Rev. Brandan S. Eddy Called to Monticello Presbyterian Church
By Marilyn Moss
Monticello Presbyterians will begin a new chapter in their 181-year history Sunday as they welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Brandan S. Eddy.
The Rev. Tom Albaum served the church six years before his retirement in March 2016. Following protocol of the Wabash Valley Presbytery, the church has been led the last 15 months by the Rev. Lyle Ewing, a transitional pastor. He moved on to the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington in early October to minister during its pastoral search.
Rev. Eddy is new to Indiana, but acclimating to new communities is a given for him. His mother was serving in the Air Force at Fairchild AFB in Washington state when he was born. The next eleven years he and his parents moved from base to base, including tours of duty in England and Turkey, and finally to Scott AFB in Belleville, IL.
He received an associate degree from Southwestern Illinois College and graduated from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis with a B.S. degree in computer technology.
Rev. Eddy credits his service with the Marine Reserves Funeral Honors and Color Guard during the height of the war in Iraq, for guiding him to ministry.
Rev. Eddy, 33, graduated in 2011 from the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis with a Master of Divinity degree and has kept close civilian ties with the Air Force. He was a trainee in Clinical Pastoral Education at Veterans Affairs Jefferson Barracks and a computer contractor at Scott Base.
He was pastor of the Schoharie Presbyterian Church in up-state New York prior to committing to the Presbyterian Church here.
The pastor and his wife, Lacy, have three daughters, Eliza, Evelyn and Natalie. They will be settled soon and begin looking for a permanent home.
Rev. Eddy's belief is family oriented. “My call is about connecting people to each other and to God through communities of faith,” he said. “Only through the interaction of love between believers and God will we know eternal life.”
The Presbyterian Pastoral Nominating Committee was comprised of co-chairpersons Jay Janke and Shelle Hay, and Marsha Oilar, Lucy Jacob, Bob Guy, De Anna Paschen, Jenelle Foddrill, Betsy Bossaer and Jessica Phillips.
“The pastor is a man of many interests,” said Janke, “but whether playing the saxophone or chess, he is up-beat and easy to know. He is eager to meet new friends at this Sunday's 10:30 worship service.”