Spirit River Community Church welcomes new pastor

Rev. Guy Sederski started his appointment at Spirit River Community Church in Isanti on July 1. His wife Gail is the program director at the church and the two work together for the church and the community.
“Serving as a couple has benefits that go beyond bonding, contentment and peace. Couples who embrace God’s call to serve others experience an added closeness, and there are special moments and memories that naturally come when you do things together,” they both stated. “Participating together in ministry opportunities—whether in church, neighborhood, community or the world—can also help grow in faith as a couple.”
Rev. Guy is also the minister at West Bethel United Methodist Church in Cedar, and has been there since 2015. He divides his time between the two congregations. Gail works in Polk County for the University of Wisconsin Extension, and the couple lives in Ham Lake.
“Listening to people while making a personal connection is a strength which includes visiting with people during the ‘highs and lows’ of their lives,’” Rev. Guy said. “My desire is to be very approachable, and that those encountered will sense my respect for all.”
Gail’s most memorable moment at Spirit River so far was when Bruce Ough, Bishop of the United Methodist Church, came to worship.
“The Methodist hierarchy came one Sunday and blessed us,” Gail said. “That was a sign of a calling, recognition and the expectation of them upon us.”
Gail stated their goal for the first few months at the church was to get to know people and build relationships. The two have worked with Spirit River the past two years and are committed to helping people in need throughout the community.
“As I reflect on my 30-year career in education, my journey has encountered multiple and diverse programming initiatives as emerging needs arise,” Gail said. “Partnership with family serving agencies has kept my outreach focused on serving marginalized audiences in financial and human development, and family relationships.”
Every fourth Saturday of each month the church has a food distribution at the Isanti Middle School. This program is called Matthew 25.
“Everyone that shows up gets two bags of groceries. It doesn’t matter if they are in the same family,” Rev. Guy said. “We came up with the Matthew 25 program based on the Bible verse Matthew 25 verse 40 which states, ‘The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Rev. Guy and Gail have five adult children and seven grandchildren. They are excited to be at Spirit River and hope to make a difference in not only the church, but to the community.
“We just don’t want it to be all about inside of the church walls. It’s not all about the church, but the community,” Rev. Guy said. “God’s love is the focus of my speaking, and I want to leave people with a question that I hope will prompt them into further reflection and investigation of the Word of God, bringing the message into the home life, and living it out for others to see and desire for themselves.”

The Rev. Guy Sederski and his wife Gail outside of Spirit River Community Church in Isanti.Photo by Noelle Olson