Bethany, W.Va. — The Rev. Scott C. Thayer was formally installed as Minister of Bethany Memorial Church and Chaplain of Bethany College on Sunday, November 15, at the Bethany Memorial Church. The 2 p.m. ceremony was attended by members of the congregation, Bethany College community and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Readings from the First Testament and the Second Testament were given by Bethany College freshmen Annie Grogan and Tiffany Henderson. Bethany College President Scott D. Miller extended greetings, best wishes, and a pledge of support from the campus community. The Rev. William B. Allen, Regional Minister of West Virginia, Emeritus, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Former Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church and College Chaplain, spoke of the Campbell Tradition at Bethany and welcomed the Rev. Thayer to the rich tradition of this appointment serving both church and campus communities.
Greetings from the Bethany Catholic Community were offered by Shirley Carter, Director of Catholic Ministries for Bethany College and West Liberty State University, and greetings on behalf of area ministers were extended by the Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, Pastor of First Christian Church on National Road in Wheeling.
The Rev. Thayer was installed by the Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister of West Virginia, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Other participants in the ceremony included Vaughnda Larson, a previous Elder of Bethany Memorial Church; the Rev. David Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister of West Virginia; Dr. Larry Grimes, Minister of Beech Bottom Community Christian Church and Director of Church Relations at Bethany College; Dr. John Hull, Moderator of Bethany Memorial Church; Judith Pyle, an Elder of Bethany Memorial Church; Gregory Wrightsman, a freshman at Bethany College; and Judith Allison, organist for Bethany Memorial Church.
The Rev. Thayer was appointed to the posts during the summer of 2009. He, his wife Jeanne, and son Michael reside in Bethany.