Congregation members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Circle, saw a new pastor installed over the weekend, which perhaps gives the church more stability after worshipping with an interim minister for the last four years.

Rev. Leonard Payton comes to Forest Park from Wisconsin, according to the church’s business manager. With his wife and four children, Payton has purchased a house in Brookfield. Below, Rev. Leonard Payton (left) and Rev. Dan Gilbert, moments before Payton was installed as the new pastor.


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