New pastor, family add to church's rich history

Contributed/Pat Collins

In November 2017, Burnet Presbyterian Church welcomed pastor Josyph Andrews to serve as their 39th pastor. Pastor Josyph and his wife, Jean, are native Texans raised in the Hill Country.

As the son of a military father and an employee in the telecommunications industry, Andrews and his wife decided they have spent too much time away from their home and four daughters; the two returned home to follow their dream.

Jean has supported Josyph since the beginning of his seminary journey, reading his lessons as they drove together to weekly preaching assignments. Today, the couple stand alongside each other throughout life, and Jean shares her knowledge of the Bible during Bible Study and Sunday School at BPC, to the open arms of her new congregation.

Josyph Andrews — known as Pastor Joe to his congregation — and his family enjoy nature and exploring the area around their home, getting involved in the community. The congregation was also amazed to find that their new, old fashioned pastor is an avid motorcycle rider.

Pastor Joe takes heart in taking care of his congregation, conducting pastoral visitations and getting to know every member of his flock.

Burnet Presbyterian Church has a rich and interesting history. Located at the corner of Texas 29 and South Pierce, BPC shares the city block with two other churches, the former Burnet County jail, and a former library.

The church was organized on Aug. 12, 1874, under the direction of the Rev. H.B. Rose. In 1912, the Church sent their Rev. S.K. Dodson and his sister, Miss Mary Dodson, to be missionaries in Korea.

During World War II, weekly prayer services were held by women of the church for 18 young men from the congregation serving in the armed forces. During that time, they made the service flag with 18 blue stars, which hangs in History Hall at BPC. All 18 soldiers made it home following the war.

In 1957, the white frame church was replaced by the present red brick building with a steeple that was toppled during a tornado in 1973; the remains of the steeple reside in History Hall.

In October 1976, BPC purchased the old Burnet County Library building at a public auction for $20,000 and renovated it, connecting it to the present church building via History Hall, where members and visitors may learn about the history of the church.

Throughout its history, BPC has been held together by faith and strong congregations. Over its 143-year existence, the church has been served by ordained ministers, supply ministers, seminary students, lay ministers, and at times, no minister at all.

Pastor Joe has taken his new congregation into his arms, and the congregation has reciprocated the action. Under his ministry, the rich history of BPC will continue to make a difference in the Burnet community.

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