PAIGE GODDEN|TIMES VEDETTE                      Keith Langley was recently hired to be the next assistant pastor at the Faith Bible Church in Panora.
PAIGE GODDEN|TIMES VEDETTE Keith Langley was recently hired to be the next assistant pastor at the Faith Bible Church in Panora.

Keith Langley knew early on he would be a church youth pastor, especially after hearing from his sister.

Recently hired as the associate pastor to Trevor Nunn at the Faith Bible Church in Panora, Langley said he was already working with youth while still in high school.

“My sister knew I was going to be a youth pastor,” he said. “She said to my mom, ‘Why doesn’t he know that?’ My mom said, ‘Because God hasn’t told him yet.’”

Langley was hired to help grow Faith Bible Church, a relatively young church located just north of Panora on Highway 4.

“I’ll be working in a large part with the youth,” he said, “and also working to bring people into the church and helping them to use their gifts.”

He desires to take his work with young people beyond the walls of his own church to other churches.

“I’ve been told I’m the only youth pastor in the county. That’s why I hope to have a community-wide youth ministry ... for some of the other churches that might not be able to provide one in their own church.”

“I’m excited to be here and get to know the community,” he said. “I was impressed in meeting Pastor Trevor, being interviewed and getting to know some of the people. I feel this is a place I can use my gifts

that God is calling me to use.”

Langley grew up in Lansing, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and graduated from Moody Bible Institute there. He comes to Panora from the First Congregational Church in Almont, MI.

Two of his interests – bike riding and hiking – are right outside the back door of the church on the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

Faith Bible was formed when a majority of members left the Church of the Brethren denomination after differences with the denomination over Biblical truths. A new church was built.