Meet Our Interim Pastor
Rev. Molly Smothers is from Lexington Kentucky and graduated from Transylvania University with degrees in Philosophy and Humanities. She has a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Welch Award for New Testament Studies. She has completed all classwork necessary for the Doctor of Divinity degree.
Pastor Molly has served as Senior Minister with congregations in Cynthiana (1995-2000), Mount Sterling (2000-2004), and Morehead (2004-2015). In June of 2015 she moved from full-time ministry to serve in interim capacities, including churches in Independence, Owensboro, Georgetown, Maysville, Harrodsburg, and now, Flemingsburg.
Within the denomination Pastor Molly has taught several classes on Homiletics for the Commission on Ministry School, served for years on the Committee on Ministry, and has been an officer in local ministerial associations. In addition, she has led workshops for DWF, Regional Assembly, and with many other congregations. She has also served on the board of the Morehead Public Radio Station (WMKY), worked with ALLYance on the MSU campus, Morehead Fairness, and has worked in regional theatre.
Pastor Molly is married to Leon Smothers, who is retired from state government after a long career with the Division of Water; he has served on the board of many national organizations dealing with water and conservation. They live on a 25-acre farm in Morehead which they share with sheep, a donkey, a pony, and two cats. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Noah is a recent graduate from Morehead State University where he earned his degree in Opera Performance. In addition to his love of music, he enjoys playing video games, spending time with friends and family and drinking Dr. Pepper.
He aspires to grow up to be Dave Matthews.
Noah loves learning and exploring all the fascinating aspects of faith in many traditions.
In addition to serving as the accompanist, Amy has taught music education at Flemingsburg Elementary for over 20 years and is an independent consultant for Kentucky Educational Television.
Amy's students love the joy and energy she brings to the classroom. Just as our congregation does!
Disciples of Christ
The Flemingsburg Christian Church officially had two beginnings--one at Cane Ridge in Bourbon County where Barton Stone held a revival with various preachers preaching to crowds of 20,000 or more; the other movement started in Pennsylvania where Thomas and Alexander Campbell, father and son, started a similar movement. Both desired to adopt a name which did not indicate a denomination so they chose Christian in Kentucky, and Disciples of Christ in Pennsylvania. Thus began the journey of a denomination that didn't intend to be a denomination.
Alexander Campbell is said to have preached in Flemingsburg, but the Church officially began when John T. Johnson, Evangelist, rode into town in 1839 with his Bible and hymnbooks and began to preach on the site of the old Lerman Building (now senior apartments). He was joined by Benjamin F. Hall, a local dentist. They received permission to hold services at the Methodist Church on Elm St. but, as the crowds began to build, one night they found the door locked, the blinds pulled and the fire out. The next day they were offered the courthouse and the church was officially organized with 40 members. In 1841, the trustees purchased a lot for a church at a cost of $250.00. By 1896, the congregation numbered 300 members and it was deemed necessary to renovate the church. By making it a "do-it-yourself" project, the renovation project cost $9500. At this time, many of the beautiful stained glass windows were given in memory of loved ones. The first addition to the church came in 1919 when Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and several Church School rooms were added.