Layne Pennington was recently named pastor of Dayton’s First United Methodist Church.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived there for almost ten years until moving to the Pennington Gap, Va., area. Pennington Gap is in Lee County and bordered by both Eastern Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Pennington then attended school at Keokee and between his junior and senior year enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his senior year he gave my life to the Lord and while stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif., sensed the call to ministry. He entered the ministry shortly after being discharged.
Pennington has been appointed to serve as pastor with the church families in various communities including five years at McClure UMC while attending University of Virginia (Wise); five years in the Woodway Circuit of four churches while attending Asbury Seminary; seven years with the Hillsville Circuit of three churches were one church became a station church (Fancy Gap) and he served there as pstor for another four years; then 17 years at Jonesville First UMC.
“I am blessed to have two adult daughters and we love to travel. The oldest daughter lives in Mississippi and the youngest lives in Virginia,” Pennington said. “We have traveled to 42 states and hope one day to visit all 50. I enjoy hiking in the mountains, reading books, and a feeble attempt at both fishing and hacking at a golf ball. I am very excited to serve as pastor and join with the church family at Dayton UMC.”