Barnwell United Methodist Church and Siloam United Methodist Church recently began services under the guidance of a new pastor.
On June 24, Pastor Fred Buchanan took the helm of the congregations. Buchanan is a North Carolina native, having grown up in Sylva. He received his first United Methodist appointment in 1987 as a student pastor. Buchanan is also a graduate of Berry College in Rome, Ga. with a dual degree in psychology and religion and philosophy. He went on to earn a master’s degree at Emory University as a student of theology.