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Pastor returns to city after 28 years

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TELL CITY – Ben Rake and his wife of 46 years, Linda, began serving Tell City Community Christian Church, 821 10th St., Tell City Aug. 21. The Rakes recently moved from Winchester, Ky., where they had served Forest Grove Christian Church for 10 years and earlier, Belmont Church of Christ for 17 years. In 1982 and 1983, the Rakes had served at Tell City Church of Christ.

The Rakes have six grown children, five daughters and one son, 20 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. “It may be obvious,” Pastor Rake said, “But we are very interested in children and young families. I am very convinced that God is, too.’
Ben and Linda will serve alongside the former pastor and his wife, Milton and Judy Pledger, who founded Community Christian Church 11 years ago. Milton Pledger will continue to serve as one of the elders at the church.
One of Pastor Rake’s special interests while serving in Winchester was a unity effort participated in by a dozen or so pastors of a variety of churches, with a great interest in city-wide revival with a specific goal of helping to solve the drug abuse problems there. For the 18 months prior to April 2011, there have been more than 50 fatal drug overdoses in Winchester and Clark counties. Rake notes that too many do not realize that drug abuse is nearly always a spiritual problem.
Both Ben and Linda Rake served in voluntarily training children and youth in character training in the public schools and in the court system. Linda, a retired elementary school teacher, led a group of about 50 volunteer mentors and teachers in an after-school program and Ben served five years in a court-directed diversion program for first offenders, generally of middle school and high school age. “Years ago,” Mrs. Rake mentioned, “Character was a big part of nearly every reading and social studies textbook, but in recent years textbook content has changed. It is important for the students to be taught character in order for them to receive a well-rounded education.”