Postman is a preacher on Sundays
A West Bridgewater, Mass., mailman is delivering a lot more than mail these days – he has added sermons to his resume.
John McGrath is the founder and pastor of the newly opened Church of Truth, a non-denomination Christian church. McGrath has also been with the West Bridgewater post office for 14 years, a position he said, that keeps him on his toes, literally.
“I was delivering the mail and just thinking that there had to be something more to life than this,” McGrath said. “To me it was so depressing to just go to a job, but I didn’t see any possible way to get into the ministries with a wife and five kids.”
The church opened in January, and while the membership remains small, McGrath said it’s more than he could ever hope for.
But the location in a strip mall, next to a pizza shop, has unique aspects. During Sunday’s service, for example, the restaurant owner could be heard dragging tables out onto the sidewalk.
McGrath said his journey to the Lord began when he met his wife of 23 years, Jeanne.
“I saw her values and her ways and I realized that she had something I didn’t have,” McGrath said. “Not long after that I became a Christian and I just knew that God had bigger plans for me.”
After McGrath studied the ministry for a year and continuing his family’s search for a church that was right for them, the family ended up at New Hope Christian Chapel in Easton, Mass. It was there that Pastor Art Stratton “saw something within” McGrath and began working with him on becoming a pastor.
He would eventually become the assistant pastor of the Lord of the Harvest Church in Brockton, Mass.
McGrath said he later made the decision to take his wife, children and sister-in-law for a walk on Plymouth Beach to ask their permission to open the church as a family. He said he took each of them aside and spoke with them about the idea.
“I thought they were going to tell me that I was crazy,” McGrath said with a laugh. “I was so surprised when every one of them said they would go on this journey with me.”
He particularly remembers the comment from his youngest son, Patrick, 10.
“He looked up at me and asked, ‘Dad, do you think that is what God wants you do?’ and I said ‘Yes.’ That is when he smiled and said ‘OK, then.”' McGrath said. “It was really beautiful.”
McGrath said something that separates his church from many others is that he never asks for money.
“I have the unique opportunity to have a full-time job and pastor a church on Sunday, so I don’t have to beg people for money,” McGrath said. “We are here because we want you to know God, we want you to have an understanding and not think it is about the money.
“There are so many with false preaching that we just wanted to be the voice of truth,” McGrath added. “The voice of God is the voice of truth and that is exactly what we want to be.”