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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Reverend Kenneth A. Claflin, new pastor at Hamlin A/G

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  • HAMLIN - Hamlin Assembly of God elected the Reverend Kenneth A. Claflin as their senior pastor on Sunday, August 24, during a special business meeting.
        An ordained Assemblies of God minister, Claflin’s hobbies include hunting, martial arts and firefighting.  He is optimistic, energetic and young-at-heart.
         Pastor Ken served as interim pastor at Hamlin Assembly from July 2012 into October 2012.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time at Hamlin and looks forward to serving the church for many years to come.
          Pastor Ken’s family includes his wife of 28 years, Melanie, three grown sons, and his daughter Anastasia (“Ana”).  They also have two dogs and a cat. His wife Melanie worked as an administrative assistant at a Methodist church just prior to coming to Hamlin.  She also has a variety of ministry experiences.  She has led women’s ministries, youth ministries and children’s ministries.  According to her husband, “She is a preacher in own right.”
         Claflin plans to move to Hamlin right away but currently lives in Trucksville, PA, where he teaches martial arts, serves as an assistant chief for the volunteer fire department and works as a computer programmer.  Over the past 20 years, Claflin has served three churches as lead pastor.  In addition to lead pastor, his ministry experience includes associate pastor, youth pastor, Christian camps, and fire chaplain.  He loves people and claims that loving people is the most important quality in a pastor.  He is very excited about the opportunity to minister in the Hamlin area.
    ••• 'Loves breaking wood'
          Claflin has a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art similar to Tae Kwon Do, and he still competes on occasion.  He earned 2nd place in sparring in his division at a recent tournament.  He loves breaking wood and concrete and received first, second and third places in breaking competitions over the past three years.  He currently teaches approximately 30 students.  He has been teaching martial arts and self-defense classes since 2005 and has been training since 1998.
      Up until accepting the pastorate in Hamlin, Claflin was the first assistant fire chief for the Trucksville Volunteer EMS, Fire and Rescue Association, a position he has held for the past two years.  As a pastor in Montana, he served as Captain in the local voluntary fire company and served on the Town Council.  Claflin got his start in the fire service in 1998 while serving as pastor in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
    ••• Felt call early in life
          Born in Idaho, raised in Washington State, educated in Missouri, pastored in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana and Pennsylvania, Pastor Ken has a variety of experience: 16 years of senior pastor experience, four years of youth ministry, 14 summers serving at Christian camp, four years as Bible Quiz coach.  Passionate about preaching, Pastor Ken says, “My goal is not just to keep the congregation awake, but to keep them interested in what God is saying.”
    Page 2 of 2 -      Pastor Ken grew up in a Christian home and in an Assemblies of God church.  He was involved in youth activities including camps, conventions and Bible Quiz. He felt a call to ministry just before his freshman year in high school. While in high school, he was a vice-president and president of his youth group.  He was vice-president of Future Business Leaders of America and a member of the National Honor Society.  He was also involved in his high school campus Christian ministry.
           Both Pastor Ken and his wife Melanie graduated from Central Bible College in 1987 where they met and married.  While in school, Pastor Ken was involved in radio ministry, military outreach ministry and Bible Quiz coaching.  After college he and wife moved to Southern New England where they began their pastoral ministry and started a family.
    ••• More about Hamlin A/G
         Hamlin Assembly of God (www.hamlinag.com/) is located at 613 Easton Turnpike, Hamlin, and is affiliated with the Pennsylvania-Delaware (Penn-Del) District of the Assemblies of God (www.penndel.org).  The Penn-Del District is a part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God (www.ag.org).  The General Council is a Pentecostal fellowship of evangelical believers.  With its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, the Assemblies of God has more than 12,000 churches in the United States with more than 2.8 million constituents.
          Sunday worship service is at 11 a.m.  For more information about Pastor Ken or the ministries of Hamlin Assembly of God, visit the website www.hamlinag.com or call the church office at 570-689-2630.
       Pastor Ken also has a blog at kenclaflin.blogspot.com.

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