ASHLAND – The Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman, pastor at Ashland United Methodist Church, will be the featured speaker at the Men in Mission breakfast on Saturday, July 6 at Word of Hope Lutheran Church, 157 S. 22nd St., Ashland.

Coffee is served at 6:30 a.m. and the free-will-offering breakfast will begin at 6:45 a.m.

Thurman has been a United Methodist pastor for 37 years. He grew up in Nebraska City and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in journalism. While at Nebraska he was a three-year letterman for the Husker track team running the 800-meter event. After college he went to Asbury Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew School of Theology.

Thurman and his wife, Linda, have five adult children, seven grandchildren and two dogs.

He stays very active by running, walking, bicycling, and golf. Just last month he completed a “bucket list” event by walking the “Rim to Rim” in the Grand Canyon.

He started on the North Rim and walked 24 miles coming out on the South Rim.

Thurman has also written and published two books, “Jesus through the eyes of Peter” and “Baby Jesus and the Seven Dwarfs.”

He has served several churches in Nebraska including most recently Gothenburg and McCook. He has been at the Ashland United Methodist Church for the past two years.

The Men in Mission Romans Bible Study will be held Saturday, July 20 at 7 a.m., at Ashland Bible Church.

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