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Tonica United Methodist Church to welcome new pastor

TONICA — The Tonica United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Dr. Deepak Samuel Holkar. He’s a certified candidate at United Methodist Church and is a second-year seminary student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston.

Holkar has lived in Atlanta, Ill., for seven years and recently completed a one-year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Barrington. Currently, he serves a three-point charge at Atlanta-Ebenezer-Hopedale.

Holkar was born in Jaysingpur, India, a small town about 225 miles from Mumbai, and was raised in Miraj. His grandfather and father worked with missionaries and served leprosy patients.

After completing college, Holkar studied medicine to become a doctor. In 2009, he completed his training and moved to Illinois in June 2010 to be with his parents who had moved here more than a decade before.

After moving to the United States, he helped his brother in his business, prepared for board exams, and volunteered at Advocate BroMenn Medical Centre in Normal.

He didn’t believe ministry was his calling, even though he’d grown up in the church and was actively involved in activities. Now, however, he’s dedicated his life to bringing the gospel to people irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.

Pastor Holkar will be joining the church on July 1 and will be continuing to complete his studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Worship services will continue to be at 10 a.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

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