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Catalyst Church installs associate pastor

Catalyst Covenant Church in Alexandria will install Jim Black as pastor of worship and next generation ministries at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, January 12.

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Services are held in the Woodland School auditorium/cafeteria in Alexandria.

Jim Black, to be installedMike Brown, director of church planting for the Northwest Conference of Evangelical Covenant Churches, will share the message and assist with the installation service.

The community is invited to attend and to stay for lunch following the service.

Black, an ordained Covenant pastor, has served as a pastor in a variety of ministry settings. He traveled throughout North America and Europe with a ministry team using music, drama, stories and puppets to encourage churches and communities, and was part of a similar team that planted five churches in the Houston area.

While in Houston, the team developed an acclaimed children’s television program, “Quigley’s Village,” which has been distributed nationally.

After completing his education at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, he and his wife, Laurie, planted a Covenant church and a coffeehouse ministry in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they served for 19 years.

Black most recently served as associate pastor of children and family ministries at Faith Covenant Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he oversaw a children’s ministry with significant outreach into the community.

Black is an accomplished musician, leading worship bands and children’s music, writing songs, performing in various concerts, cutting a Nashville-engineered CD, and distributing his music online.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in New Testament with a concentration in youth ministry from Trinity International University in Illinois, and a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary.

Laurie is a pediatric nurse practitioner. The couple has two sons.

For more information, contact the Catalyst office at (320)759-1800 or visit