Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Rev. Michael W. Childress has accepted the call to become the new pastor at First United Church of Christ on West Horah Street.
Childress comes to Salisbury from Louisville, Ky., where he served St. Andrew United Church of Christ. While there, the congregation undertook a $2 million building project and consolidated its ministry with an inner city parish.
A native of Virginia, Childress is a cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia and received a master’s of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has been published several time in the Abingdon Preaching Annual and Homiletics, an international preaching journal.
Childress also has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana/Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Passionate about teaching, Childress also is a gourmet cook.
He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Natalie of Louisville and Matthew of New Albany, Ind.
Childress describes himself as a bridge builder, “building bridges between people and God and people and people.”
Children began his new position in Salisbury on May 20.