IT’S not just our infamous hot weather that has brought Lutheran Pastor Stephen Jaensch and wife Robin to Emerald but the community spirit of the town.
Emerald Lutheran Parish welcomed its new pastor recently in an installation service, officiated by president of the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District, Pastor Noel Noack.
About 90 people attended the service, which was followed by a lunch, to welcome the pastor who has relocated from Yorketown in South Australia.
The Jaenschs have spent the past 12 years in South Australia but the couple isn’t worried about the drastic change in climate.
“We are actually enjoying it, I knew how warm it could get,” Pastor Jaensch said.
“Initially (we) spent 12 years in Queensland in two parishes, (before we) served in two parishes in South Australia for 12 years. In South Australia we had no warm weather but had fairly warm weather on the trip up."
And it is not only the weather they are enjoying but also the people of Emerald.
“We have been amazed by the friendliness of people, we’re impressed by the town and have found people very welcoming. We love being in the country, (Emerald has) welcomed us in a wonderful way.
“As I did in Yorketown, our endeavour is to support and help the community as much as possible.”