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Community United Church of Christ's new minister, Obadiah Ballinger, is shown with his two spiritual mentors, his grandmother Patricia Bueling (left) and the Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe. Monroe spoke at his ordination in St. Paul Park on Jan. 23. (Submitted photo)

New pastor strives to open doors to all

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Obadiah Ballinger may have been destined to be a pastor from the moment his parents picked his name out of the Bible, a name that means "servant of God."

Pastor Oby, as he prefers to be called, is the new minister at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park. He started on Dec. 1.

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