NEW CONCORD — Although he began serving as pastor at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church May 1, Tim Pollock said he is still in the process of getting acclimated to the community and his church.
“I’m always open to suggestions from the congregation and from people in the community. My mantra is: ‘We don’t know if we don’t try.”’
For the past five years Pollock has served as a pulpit supply, the last three years as a regular preacher at North Salem Presbyterian Church, which he says was instrumental in preparing him for a full-time ministry as a pastor.
He said he is excited about a program he initiated for the Bloomfield church’s youth, the Godly Play Group, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
“The program is for kids, in grades six through 12, who will interact with scripture and Christian themes through theatre, improvisation, performance and art,” said Pollock.
He said he has always been drawn to the theater, it was his major at the University of Heidelburg. After graduating, (1997) his first full-time job was as a puppeteer for MadCap Productions in Cincinnati. One year later he moved back to Heidelburg, which is where and when he met his wife, Rachel. He was the university’s technical director, and later earned a professorship.
Four years later he was selling cars at a dealership. It didn’t take long for him to realize this line of work was not for him, although he enjoyed interacting with the public. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife landed teaching jobs in North Canton. One year later, they moved to the Zanesville area where Tim enrolled in graduate studies at Ohio University.
Pollock, originally from Vermont, where he was a member of the United Church of Milton, which is associated with Heidelburg University, said he has lived “all over Ohio.”
His desire to embrace a religious path was emancipated 20 years ago, when he initially decided to move to Ohio to attend seminary.
“It goes back to when I was a teenager attending church in Vermont. I think someone saw something in me, because I began doing sermons at the church when I was 18,” said Pollock.
Pollock and his wife both taught Sunday school at College Drive Presbyterian Church, where his involvement at the Presbytery level led to elder leadership, and where he was ordained an elder.
Rachel is a speech and debate coach at Muskingum University.
“We (he and Rachel) also present an after-school program at Larry Miller Intermediate School where we incorporate story-telling into performance. We take a parable from Jesus and develop a story line for the children to act out. The program, called DramaLite, will continue until the Godly Play Group begins,” said Pollock.
He said he has not ruled out teaching again, “down the road.” He also said he would like to get into “slow smokin’ barbecueing.”
The Pollocks reside in New Concord with their two sons, Sammy, 11, and John Luc, 7. They spend family time hiking and playing board games.
“We work very hard to have dinner together. Every morning we have devotions.”
Sunday evening worship at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. “A very informal, centering and contemplative service. A great way to begin the week!” Mid-week Bible study, prayer and fellowship with Pastor Tim begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Everyone welcome.