Reamstown pastor celebrates 40 years with church

By on November 7, 2018
Pictured (front row, left to right) Zayne Wise (5) and Carson Weaver. (Middle, l-r) Daniel Gehman, Ann Williams, Janice Karick, and Amber Wise, holding Gracelyn Wise (2). (Back, l-r) Todd Weaver, Pastor Arthur Karick, and Emelia Horst. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Pictured (front row, left to right) Zayne Wise (5) and Carson Weaver. (Middle, l-r) Daniel Gehman, Ann Williams, Janice Karick, and Amber Wise, holding Gracelyn Wise (2). (Back, l-r) Todd Weaver, Pastor Arthur Karick, and Emelia Horst. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Pastor Arthur Karick of Reamstown Church of God will celebrate 40 years as senior pastor on Nov. 12.

Arthur and his wife, Janice, are both originally from South Carolina. They moved to Bethlehem in 1976 and then to the Reamstown area in 1978 when he took the pastoral job at the church.

Long-time church member Dan Gehman remembers the first service that Pastor Karick spoke at and recalled his first impression of the Karicks as a “young, good-looking family.”

Gehman praised Karick’s longevity at the church, stating that until his arrival, pastors would only stay two or three years, and the pastor preceding Karick left after eight.

“Neighbors love Janice and Arthur,” Gehman said. “He’s wise and meek, like Moses, and that’s a hard thing to be.”

For many, the Karicks are part of what makes the church such a familiar and sweet place. Brian and Amber Wise were married in the church ten years ago, and they chose to stay and raise their kids there.

“It was home,” said Amber, in reference to the first time they attended. “Now our kids love to come. They ask us if it’s Sunday yet because they love going to church.”

Art and Janice Karick. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Art and Janice Karick. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Ann Williams, ministries coordinator, said that her favorite thing about the Karicks is that they love people and treat everyone like they are a priority. “They care for people,” Williams said. “It makes the church a family.”

Carson Weaver is 10 years old and has attended the church his whole life. “Pastor Karick is funny and easy to understand,” he said, in reference to his favorite thing about the pastor.

Carson’s father, Todd Weaver, was married in the church 14 years ago and has been on staff for five years. “I was looking for a place to go,” said Weaver. “I fell in love with this church.”

Emelia Horst is 15 and came to the church for the first time when she was six.

“You walk in on Sunday and you’re tired, but there’s Pastor Karick and he’s energetic, and that just makes your whole day,” she said.

Pastor Karick said that the best part of serving at the church is seeing lives changed by Christ.

“I’ve gotten to watch people grow from babies to young people to adults, and some are now serving in the church,” he said. “We have such a great staff, and everyone received and loved us.”

“We have great workers,” said Janice Karick. “We love our people. They’re family to our family.”

Aubree Fahringer is the Cocalico editor for The Ephrata Review.

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