The Toledo New Life Assembly church has a new pastor starting in January. Frank Corbin has been selected to lead the church in the new year. He has been a pastor for many years and he is bringing his years of experience to Toledo. You will find that Frank is a very kind man, which is needed in these times.
Pastor Corbin was raised in Cathlamet, Washington and that is where he decided to be a pastor, he stated, "I was raised in Cathlamet Assembly under the ministries of Pastor Gene Ross and Pastor Larry Bentz. I received my calling as a teenager while attending youth camp at Mayfield Lake Youth Camp. I determined at 18 years of age that while in Navy boot camp that I would begin my adult life journey serving the Lord and I have; in ministry and in secular work."
Pastor Corbin has been a pastor for many years, he has given us the Reader's Digest version, which is impressive. Corbin continued, "After the Navy I attended Bible college and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theology. Afterwards, we moved to the Seattle area where, for nearly 12 years, I served as a Director of Christian Education, Young Adults' Leader, Associate Pastor, and Elder. I was licensed with the Assemblies of God and then later Ordained at New Life Bible Fellowship in Seattle. Shortly after Ordination, we moved to Cascade Locks, Oregon where I pastored for 5 years. I was also elected to a vacant seat on the city council and re-elected for a full term. After seven years in Cascade Locks, I obtained employment with the federal government where I worked for the Department of Homeland Security (right after 9/11) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. I took early retirement four years ago to be closer to family as my mother's health was failing. The Ministry continued 'on the side' while in the service of our country again."
While Pastor Corbin may be newer to Lewis County he is definitely not new to southwest Washington. He stated, "Four years ago, we bought the old Humel place on Kirkland Road where we've built a new home."
Pastor Corbin decided to apply for the position, after he sought out others' recommendations and prayers. He had his pastor recommend he apply, Corbin stated, "Kyle Rasmussen of Bethel Church, who has been my pastor for the past couple years, recommended I pray and consider applying for the position of pastor at Toledo. I sought counsel from other ministry friends and partners and my wife and I decided that we should embark on this journey. It has been a thorough process both for us and for the church. The church also had to know that I am a deeply involved citizen in the county that that will continue and perhaps expand. We are in agreement that this is a great fit for the church family at Toledo New Life Assembly and for us and we are excited."
Anytime you take on a new journey, you set new goals for your life and Pastor Corbin is ready, he continued, "Initial goals for the church include real relationship building with each other within our church family and to build relationships in our community. I hope to work together with the other church families in the area and to do all we can to help people in need and to help make Toledo an even greater community than it already is! I have always been a community focused citizen and pastor." South County now has three wonderful pastors in the Assembly of God churches. A local church, such as Toledo New Life Assembly, is but one church family in a community. I would like us to be not only good neighbors but to begin reaching into our area as a group of church families."
Pastor Corbin is excited to come to Toledo, he stated, "I recently looked up the word 'Toledo' in the dictionary and there is a town in Spain that is named Toledo. That place is known for its 'finely crafted and finely forged swords.' Perhaps there is a message in that definition... The Word of God is like a sword and the Word of God is like a lamp. If we build our lives on the Word of God; living according to God's word, we can build great families and do great service for our Lord and Savior. The Word of God will light our path and the sword of Truth will help us achieve victory."
Pastor Frank Corbin is here to help with all your spiritual needs, he continued, "While the systems of the world seek to find solutions to the problems we find in this world, ultimately it is a true relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that will restore us.I am happy to have the conversation with anyone who would like to know more about having a personal relationship with the Lord. While everyone will benefit from becoming part of a church family, and you are certainly welcome to ours, but if you prefer a different "flavor" of a church family, I would certainly be happy to help you find one in the area where you can 'plug-in' and grow in your faith."
Tracy Durham, Pastor at Vader Assembly of God stated, "We are so pleased that Pastor Frank Corbin has been selected to serve at Toledo New Life Church! He comes from a rich family of heritage of faith and has been faithful to serve in a vast array of Ministries. His wife Beth compliments his pastor calling with grace and congeniality. We are blessed to have them here and we welcome them with open hearts."
Pastor Jarod Hunt also welcomes Pastor Corbin, he stated, "Welcome to South County brother, looking forward to getting to know you and working together to see God's glory revealed!"
In his final words he wanted members of South County to know how he felt about being chosen for this role. He stated, "It's an honor to be chosen by the church at Toledo New Life Assembly. I look forward to serving with you in Toledo and continuing to serve in Lewis County!"