First Presbyterian Church, Toledo, has announced pastoral intern Dale Bucich has accepted a covenant to shepherd the congregation as of July 1. Since Dec. 1, 2011, Dale had served the congregation on an interim basis with Rev. Tom and Mrs. Jean Bower of Marshalltown. Dale has also served Bethany Presbyterian Church, Grundy Center, with the Bowers.
Dale became a Christian while a sophomore in high school. Although not sure of what to do after completing high school, he knew he wanted to do something for the Lord. After witnessing the ministry of the Covenant Players, an interdenominational drama ministry, Dale felt called to serve in this "dramatic" way.
He ministered with the Covenant Players for eleven years, working in seven countries: the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, China and Australia. This was a blessed time for Dale as he continued to grow in relation and understanding to God and His calling on Dale's life.
Pastor Dale, daughter, Adelaide, and Heather-Mae Bucich of the First Presbyterian Church in Toledo.
Dale returned to his home area in Alaska with his wife, Heather-Mae, in 2001 to begin his ministerial education. Their daughter, Adelaide, was born in Juneau in 2003. While in college, Dale had the privilege to be called to serve as a deacon. During this time, he began to appreciate the polity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and received further affirmations of his call to ordained ministry.
The Bucich family moved to Dubuque in August, 2006, as Dale continued his education at the University of Dubuque and Heather-Mae pursued a Bachelors Degree in nursing, both of them graduating in May 2011. Heather-Mae is now a nurse at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center.
Dale has had the pleasure of working with numerous churches during the past six years. He says, "It has been a steep learning curve, but one that has only caused me to become more confident in my call to ordained pastoral ministry.
"We have all been called to be imitators of Christ. This can best be exercised in our love and service to others, how we can demonstrate our own inner faith, by following the words of the book of James, and put it to work.
"As we all look forward to Christ's second coming, may we find ourselves, each of us in our own ways, active in the pursuit of imitating Christ, in a new way reflecting the image of the one who has the ability to change all our lives and overcome all of our circumstances. Our faith is to be in Christ alone, and in turn we are to submit ourselves wholly to him, Body, Mind, and Heart."
The Bucich family moved to Tama in early July.
The family and community of First Presbyterian Church, Toledo say "Welcome!"