The Rev. William Joseph “Joe” Reggin, the new interim pastor at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, will preach his first sermon at the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

A welcoming “eat, meet and greet” reception will be held at noon, following the service, in the Activities Building. The public is invited.

A native of St. Augustine, Florida, the 62-year-old was among some 50 applicants considered over a year’s period, then selected by a committee of the church, located at 9340 Florida Blvd. The Rev. Hawley Wolfe resigned in April 2014.

Highly trained as a consultant and coach to congregations and pastors, Reggin is a certified trainer in “Healthy Congregations.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of South Florida and a master of divinity degree from Louisville Theological Seminary in Kentucky, with course work on a doctorate of ministry at McCormick Seminary in Chicago. Reggin has served the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. for 34 years.

“My primary function will be to assist the church family to ensure that it has all the information and tools needed to discern God’s call to the congregation and to God’s call for its future pastor,” Reggin said.

He comes to Baton Rouge from the First Presbyterian Church in Norman, Oklahoma, serving with the Committee on Ministry with Indian Nations Presbytery.

He has served with a work group for the Committee on Ministry with the National Capital Presbytery to make recommendations regarding the care and support of marginal and dying congregations.

An interim pastor serves one or two years, during which time the church leadership chooses a committee to search for a pastor.