The Commerce Journal

April 17, 2014

Presbyterian Church welcomes new pastor to Commerce

By Jack Gray
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Rev. Krista Rasco, recently named pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Commerce, was formally ordained into the ministry during a special service held at the church on April 6.

The service was led by a commission of Grace Presbytery consisting of ordained ministers and elders from the surrounding area. Grace Presbytery, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in north and northeast Texas, approved Rasco’s call to the Commerce church in late February. She began her service as pastor of the church in March.

During the ordination, the charge to Rasco was presented by Rev. John Pflug, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Winnsboro. Pflug is a former member of the Commerce church, and it sponsored his attendance at seminary.

A native of Kerrville, Rasco grew up in Boerne and Bandera, Texas, after spending her early childhood in Pineville, Mo.  

She attended Austin College in Sherman where she received a B.A. degree in 2006.  

She earned a master of divinity degree in 2011 at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia.

The appointment to First Presbyterian in Commerce is her first pastoral position.  

She had served as a student pastor of the campus ministry at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.  Her goal has been to serve a small congregation.

“Rev. Rasco’s energy, enthusiasm and personality will enable her to successfully lead our congregation well into the future,” Dr. Keith McFarland, co-chair with Helon Razniak of the church’s pastor nominating committee, said.  

She succeeds Rev. Mary Alice Lyman, who served as pastor from late 2009 to 2012 prior to moving to Waco.

“I am blessed to be called to a church and community that is supportive and full of grace toward my family and me as a pastor on this wonderful new adventure,” Rasco said.

Patricia Welch, 79, of Lockhart, presented the stole signifying her granddaughter’s office.  

“I am what I am today largely because of her,” Rasco said.  

The pastor, along with husband Jason and 3-year-old daughter, Kaitlynn, recently moved to Commerce.

The Commerce Presbyterian congregation observed the 100th anniversary of its current church building at 1216 Monroe St. on Oct. 20, 2013.

The church and its predecessors began serving the community in the 1870s.