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Castell UMC Welcomes New Pastor, Wade Powell
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 • Posted June 2, 2010

Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell, TX is happy to welcome our new pastor, Rev. Wade Powell and his wife Cindy as well as their three children, Afton, Sara, and Ethan. Wade comes to Trinity UMC from serving as the lay leader of the San Angelo district of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He will begin leading worship at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 13th at 9:30 a.m.

Wade grew up in a farming community outside of San Angelo in Wall, TX, where he attended high school and later graduated from Angelo State University. His family ties to the hill country run deep as his great, great, great grandfather, Gotlieb Brandenberger settled in an area between Mason and Fredricksburg in the mid 1800’s. Wade and his family currently make their home on part of the old home place in Hilda.

Wade and Cindy’s oldest daughter, Afton, graduated from Mason High School in 2007 and is currently working on a degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station. Their two younger children, Sara, age 11 and Ethan, age 9 both attend school in Mason and are very involved in sports and UIL activities.

Since 2008, Wade has been a member of the Order of St. Luke, a religious order in the United Methodist Church dedicated to sacramental and liturgical education, scholarship, and practice.

Wade says he is excited about worshiping with the wonderful people in Castell, and, "I can’t wait to experience an old fashioned camp meeting in the outdoor tabernacle next to the church!"

In 1852, the Rev. Charles Gote, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church-South in Fredericksburg organized one of the first worship services in the Llano Valley for the early settlers, mostly of German descent. Shall we gather at the river? The services were held on the north side of the Llano river near present day Castell. By 1871, a combination church/parsonage was built. Not far from Castell, in Hoersterville, another frame church was erected in 1885. Then, in 1939, the Castell church and the Hoersterville church united under the the name Trinity Methodist Church. The Hoersterville church was torn down and rebuilt as the present educational building for Trinity UMC. In 2007, the educational building was updated, modernized and dedicated as the C. Faith Miiler Education Building.

Our regular Sunday services are held at 9:30 a.m. They are traditional with a variety of music. Sunday school follows worship in the fellowship hall. All are invited to experience the risen Christ in worship with us at Trinity UMC in Castell.

From Mason, take Hwy 29 toward Llano about 16 miles and turn right onto Ranch Road 2768. Continue about three miles, then turn left after crossing the Llano River. The church will be on your right.

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