SEAVIEW - The Rev. Jim Tweedie will be installed as the pastor of Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview this Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. Pastor Tweedie and his wife, Jeanine, came to the Peninsula in early February after 17 years of service as pastor of Mililani Presbyterian Church in Hawaii (Oahu).
Tweedie, who was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, had previously served congregations in Adelaide, South Australia; Weed, Calif.; and Logan, Utah. His education includes degrees in music and humanities from San Francisco State University, in divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, in pastoral ministry from New College/University of Edinburgh, Scotland and further studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He says that after raising his three daughters in Hawaii and seeing them relocate to Washington, Oregon and California, it is good to be back on the West Coast again. "Besides," he says, "I think you have a better beach!"
Tweedie is excited about serving a congregation with a long history of outstanding music in worship and an even longer history of service to the Peninsula community. "If the Christian faith does not make a positive difference in our daily lives," he says, "then what's the point? Jesus calls us to begin living in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now. That is what each local church should be; a living example of how God wants us to live together as friends, neighbors and as followers of Jesus."
He is also excited about the installation service, which will include the Moderator of Olympic Presbytery, special music (written by Tweddie) performed by the choir a sermon message by the Rev. Hanna Peterson of First Presbyterian Church of Kelso, and a friendly reception following the service. Anyone interested in meeting "Pastor Jim" is invited to attend.
The installation service begins at 3 p.m. but weekly worship is at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Infant/child care and Children's Church are also available during worship each week. Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church is located at the Peninsula Church Center one block east of the Pacific Highway in Seaview, between 49th and 51st Streets.