Madison church changes pastors

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - A church in Madison changed pastors on Sunday.

Senior Pastor Dr. Alan Weatherly of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison is passing the shepherd's staff in a job switch at one of the largest churches in the Tennessee Valley.

Dr. Weatherly has been senior pastor at Asbury for 21 years, but swapped jobs with Executive Pastor Dr. Tommy Gray on Legacy Sunday. Weatherly says switching the pastors roles was a carefully considered plan.

"We feel that what is taking place today is the culmination of a very well planned effort that has run smoothly, and so I am very grateful and I feel like we are positioning ourselves for Asbury Church to be able to navigate the transition in such way that we will not lose momentum, but we will continue to move forward for sake of the kingdom of God." said Weatherly.

Doctor Weatherly says the switch is bittersweet, but he's looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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