NEW ULM - Sunday, May 4 will mark the first service of the River's Edge Fellowship church in New Ulm.
The River's Edge Fellowship was formed by members of the Victory in Jesus church, which disbanded last October.
Lisa Kelley, a member of the former church, has been spearheading the new church. "It's important to have a church like this in New Ulm," she said.
Kevin Ashby is the pastor of River’s Edge Fellowship.
For the last five months members of the Victory in Jesus Church have tried to carry on the church through the assistance of ministers in other cities. However, the severe winter weather made it difficult to hold regular services.
Kelley said it became difficult to maintain the congregation, and many have since joined other churches. The remaining members of Victory in Jesus decided to start fresh. After months of searching the congregation has a new pastor, Kevin Ashby.
Ashby has traveled the world doing mission work and re-establishing religious communities in need.
"This is not my first rodeo," said Asby. He has helped pioneer churches in the United States and Canada.
Ashby's mission in New Ulm is to win parishioners back and teach the uncompromising message of faith and healing. His goal is to start the church on the right path and develop leadership within the congregation. Ashby is also dedicated to the River's Edge for the long haul. "If the Lord wants me to stay, I'll stay here until Jesus returns if necessary," he said.
The River's Edge Church will begin holding services at the Holiday Inn at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
River's Edge is an inclusive church open to all denominations and for people in all stages of life, according to Kelley.
Ashby is originally from central Illinois. He became interested in the ministry after returning home from the Army in 1972. He was called into full-time ministry in 1979. He graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1984. In 1998 he received his bachelor's degree in theology from Christ is Life School of Theology/Beacon College of Columbus, Ga., and in 2005 he received an honorary doctorate from Salt Bible College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.