The Kenwood Press
News: 02/01/2018

Pastor transition at Kenwood Community Church

After serving Kenwood Community Church (KCC) as their pastor since 2010, the Rev. Jim Fish informed the congregation last month that he was retiring after the January 28 worship service. A Lutheran minister, Pastor Fish wrote: “In 47 years [of ministry], serving you as pastor has been one of the most satisfying and enriching experiences of my life. I thank you. You are a faithful, strong, independent, and talented group of people. The ministries of the congregation are primarily led by you; a good model for any congregation. I believe having a part-time pastor encouraged development of your many leadership skills, and it is seen all across the congregation.” For the remainder of 2018, or until a new pastor is called, the church’s Board of Trustees asked Pastor Fish, an Oakmont resident, to continue to serve the church part-time as Pastor of Visitation.

In the interim, the church board asked the Rev. Charles Ensley to serve as part-time Worship Pastor. A United Church of Christ minister, Pastor Ensley served churches in McLean and Corning, New York, and Long Beach, California, from 1973 to 2013. Upon retirement as Senior Minister of Bay Shore Community Congregational Church in Long Beach, after serving there for 26 years, he was named Pastor Emeritus. An Oakmont resident and KCC member, he is additionally president of the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont. He will lead worship beginning Feb. 4.

Kenwood Community Church will work with the Northern California-Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ in their search for a new pastor.

The church was founded as Los Guilicos Congregational Church in 1888 at the corner of Los Guilicos and Laurel. After a few years, it was discovered that the property was sinking, so in the early 1890s the church was rolled on logs and pulled by horses to its present location on Channing Way, across from Plaza Park. Worship is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. KCC’s motto is “No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome in this place.” Persons from a variety of denominations worship at what is truly a “community” church.