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Gardendale church hit by tragedy welcomes interim senior pastor

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GARDENDALE, AL (WBRC) -

It was just over a week ago that police say Gardendale Pastor Terry Greer, opened fire on his family at their home killing his wife and wounding his daughter. Sunday though was a new beginning for Greer's former church as they welcomed in Interim Pastor Bill Bostick.

Bob Brewis is a long time member of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon Methodist. He was actually there the first time Bostick served the church from 1979 to 1986.

"As far as I'm concerned they couldn't have made a better choice to fill this interim position," said Brewis.

However, this assignment looks to be far more difficult than any previous position Bostick has held.

It has been a tumultuous time for the congregation. Senior pastor Terry Greer was charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings of his wife and daughter. Before that, the church's contemporary worship leader was arrested for soliciting a child for sex.

"With all that has gone on in the last month or so, here at this church it's been hard to concentrate on what we need to be concentrating on," said Brewis.

But Sunday, something changed when the church's new preacher delivered his first sermon.

"It just seemed like a breath of fresh air in the building," said Brewis.

The sermon centered around moving the congregation forward.

"Thats why we're here, that's why we are celebrating the light of God cannot be put out by the darkness," said Bostick during the sermon. "There comes a point where if there is going to be healing and holiness and future movement, you just have to say I got to stop trying to wrap my mind around all of this and just let God put his arms around you."

The sermon lasted only a half hour, but members like Brewis hope the message will continue on long after.

"The light is what he says is going to shine in this church again, and we're going to be a beacon on this hilltop once again," said Brewis.

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