After two years at Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church, Pastor Shannon Blosser will be saying farewell on June 16.

Although he knows it's what he was called upon to be, becoming a pastor wasn't his first career choice.

"I worked as a sports writer, news writer, and ended my career as a reporter for higher education issues for a think tank," Blosser said. "Even though I enjoyed writing and being a reporter, I always felt like I was running from something bigger."

Following some personal struggles in his life, he began to get closer to God and felt a familiar tug towards ministry - the tug that had been present since he was young.

"Eventually, I started running towards the calling and, after a time of prayer and processing, felt God's call to share the hope of God's love with broken people, places, and communities," Blosser said.

In the United Methodist Church, an appointment system called itinerancy is practiced.

"As a pastor, my appointment is at the discretion of Bishop Leonard Fairley of the Kentucky Annual Conference and the cabinet around the conference," Blosser said.

He was the pastor of Claylick United Methodist Church in Salvaisa, Kentucky, before coming to Princeton.

"After I was ordained in 2017, I had to be reappointed and Bishop Fairley named me to come to Ogden Memorial," Blosser said.

He has created a lot of fond memories throughout his time at Ogden Memorial.

"We've celebrated Christ's birth inside a barn, we've celebrated our 200th anniversary," Blosser said. "We even took 21 people to Israel."

What he will cherish the most is the work of the church's visioning team and launching new values for Ogden Memorial.

"I brought beside me a group of people who were committed to the church's long-term vitality and we began to dream about where God was leading us. Through that, we came up with five key values of love, community, worship, prayer, and discipleship that would define our work together as a community of faith."

He said he believes the church is starting to live that out.

"That work and those values was, probably, the most meaningful time of ministry in my pastoral career," Blosser said.

Outside of his office, near the sanctuary, is a wall filled with photos of former pastors dating back to the early days of the 20th century.

"I always joked with people that I'm uncomfortable with it, but in all honesty I'm humbled by that list of pastors," Blosser said. "It's humbling to know you stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before you and that you are leaving a legacy for the next pastor to follow."

Blosser hopes and prays that he has made an impact on the church like it has with him.

"The question that I struggle with is whether we've made a difference in the lives of the people of Ogden Memorial as a result of our having passed through," Blosser said. "Only time will tell if we have truly made a difference in people's lives and if this season of faith and witness produced disciples who will further the work of sharing God's love with all people."

He will be giving his final words of farewell on the 16th.

"I hope the people of Princeton will know how much this season has meant to us and how much we love this community," Blosser said. "It is hard to leave, even though we know it is the right decision to do so."

He and his family will be moving to be closer with family and provide better therapy resources for their son, Noah. On July 1, he will become the pastor of Beverly Hills United Methodist Church in Huntington, West Virginia.

Rev. Shelley Caulder will begin his time at Ogden Memorial on June 23.