Audio books are his traveling companions


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Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2013, 4:00 am
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By Claudia Loucks, cjloucks@qconline.com
GENESEO – A 90-minute drive from Peoria to Geneseo's First Presbyterian Church gives the Rev. Laurence Timothy "Tim" Doty plenty of time to listen to his favorite audio books.

It also gives him the chance to watch the agriculture year unfold in the Midwest, he said.

What he's not looking forward to, though, is driving during the upcoming dead of winter.

Rev. Doty recently was called to serve as an interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, to fill a vacancy created when the Rev. David Esche left the church as a full-time pastor earlier this year to become a Presbyterian transitional/interim pastor. Rev. Esche had served the church for 20 years.

Transitional/interim pastors generally serve while churches are looking for new permanent pastors, Rev. Doty said.

"In the Presbyterian Church, this process usually takes a year or more," he said.

Rev. Doty wasn't ready to retire completely, after a 30-year ministerial career, and plans to do more transitional ministry when his service in Geneseo gets done.

"I enjoy preaching and teaching, and interacting with church members both personally and in the church boards and committees," he said.

Rev. Doty also will help the church as needed with the task of finding a new full-time pastor.

His Geneseo office hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week, and he will spend several hours each Sunday at church.

Rev. Doty previously served as pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church, Middletown, Ohio, from 2004-2013. Before that, he served as pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Independence, Mo., from 1984-1996, and later was pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Leavenworth, Kan., 1996-2004.

"After graduate school and before becoming a minister, I taught religion, history and social studies in secondary schools in Connecticut and North Carolina for eight years," Rev. Doty said.

He arrived in Geneseo in time to watch the fall harvest as he listened and drove.

The Rev. Laurence Timothy “Tim” Doty bio box
Birth date: Oct. 28, 1945.
Family: Wife, Christina LaMaster-Doty; daughters, Rose Vincent, Westminster, Col., and Grace Voytas, St. Louis, Mo.; stepchildren, Will Venema, a student at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and Cassidy Venema, a student at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; three grandchildren.
Hometown: Independence, Mo., "where I grew up in a Christian home and was very active in church through high school and university," he said.
Education: William Chrisman High School, Independence; University of Texas, Austin, Tex.; Harvard University Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1984.
Favorite Scripture: "Leviticus 19:18, 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' - The law that sums up the whole law and is the standard of Christian conduct."
Favorite Biblical character I'd like to meet: "Aside from Jesus, it would be Jacob and St. Thomas."
Hobbies and activities: "bicycling and kayaking."
One thing I feel strongly about: "That the church is commissioned to serve the world, and not just itself."












 




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