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Erin Bird

The Rev. Erin Bird has founded Riverwood Church, which started on Sunday, Sept. 15, and will meet monthly with preview services at various locations until a permanent location is found.

Erin Bird is planting some seeds in Waverly, but he’s not a farmer or a horticulturalist.

A native of Shenandoah, Bird, 40, is what is known as a “church planter,” someone who opens new ministries in communities to extend the outreach of the word of God and Jesus’ gospel. It’s a term used among Christian ministry circles.

After moving to Waverly in March of 2012, he has planted a seed and his new church, Riverwood Church, is beginning to sprout. The ministry opened for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Waverly and will meet next on Oct. 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School at 5 p.m.

Bird explained that church leaders sometimes travel from town to town to start new churches. However, he doesn’t think his calling is defined in quite the same way.

Read more in the 9/19 edition of the Waverly Democrat.

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