About Second Hand Preacher (in this case its not a bad thing)

Covington Community Church: We got our Pastor from a thrift store.

Technically this is true, since Jeremy was working at a Seattle thrift store when he was called in 2009. At the time the church had retro orange carpet, which he found irresistible.

Jeremy is a graduate of Taylor University and Bethany Theological Seminary, worked at a congregation in Indiana for 11 years, and has experience in church revitalization. He’s been credentialed in the Church of the Brethren since age 17.

Jeremy likes good food, great conversations, day hikes, thrift stores, reading, meeting eclectic people, and having new experiences. Jeremy is happily married to Mary Ashworth, currently a student at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. They have one fabulously cute son, Gavin.

Just a few of Jeremy’s favorite quotes:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Jesus, Luke 10:27

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Jesus, Matthew 28:19-20

“The most common sound you’ll hear in our church is laughter. It’s not that we don’t take God seriously, it’s that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” – Pastor from California

“Everybody has a strategy until they get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson

“Christian love means a profound concern for the welfare of another, without any desire to control them, to be thanked by them, or to enjoy the process.” – Alban Institute writer

“Much of the fighting between conservative Christians and liberal Christians is unconsciously motivated by the need for a distraction. The time and energy they use feuding protects them from having to do something far more difficult: living the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in their communities.” – Herb Miller

“What I do is me.” – Gerard Manley Hopkins


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