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Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- The Rev. Joy Comeaux, left, former pastor Ethel and Jackson United Methodist churches in East Feliciana Parish, has passed on the pastorial leadership role to the Rev. Chris Curry, center, seen here with his wife Corrada at a convention in Shreveport.

The Rev. Joy Comeaux’s last two weeks as pastor of Ethel and Jackson United Methodist churches in East Feliciana Parish were extraordinary, as seven area residents, including a family of four, became members of the Ethel church on June 19 and June 26.

Comeaux, who was ordained an elder at the annual Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in Shreveport, left to lead a larger church in Westlake.

She is being succeeded as pastor by the Rev. Chris Curry, who gave his first sermon in Jackson on Saturday.

Curry, a veteran and former chaplain in the U.S Air Force, and his wife, Corrada, previously served at a church in Slaughter.

“I thank God that Bishop Cynthia Harvey and the cabinet have appointed me as your pastor. Corrada and I are very excited about coming to the Jackson-Ethel charge,” Curry says in the latest edition of Circuit Rider, a church newsletter. “I have a lot to learn about the history of both churches, and we look forward to being part of your church family.”

Curry said Comeaux and the two churches’ leaders have been welcoming.

“I know that Joy and those before her brought special gifts and graces to lead you in ministry and mission for our Lord, and the transition to a new pastor may be unsettling for some,” said Curry. “With God’s help and yours, I will listen and learn and trust the Spirit to lead and guide us forward to build on the many successes of the past.”

Curry has been involved in some type of ministry since he was a teen, including as a pianist, pastor, chaplain, education director and teacher, the newsletter states.