New minister joins Ocean View Church of Christ

Date Published: 
Feb. 9, 2018

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed a new minister to its halls.

“I want us to be a community-minded church. I believe the church is meant to help make the community a better place. We’re supposed to be salt and light in the community where we are, and I believe that means make it better,” said the Rev. Ethan Magee.

Magee and his wife, Stefanie, along with their three kids — ages 9, 11 and 13 — moved to the area in November after serving at a church in Columbus, Ohio, for six years. Prior to that, Magee served at a church nearby, in Lewes, for 12 years.

“I went to Cincinnati Christian University,” said Magee, an Ohio native. “We love the area, the beach, the beautiful people that are incredibly welcoming and friendly. It feels like home.”

Serving the church was something Magee said he knew he wanted to do at a young age.

“My family is strongly Christian. I grew up in the church all my life,” he said. “It’s really something I felt led to early on, even in childhood.

“My oldest brother, Mark, is in the ministry. He’s a few years older than me, and, looking up to him, watching the difference he was making in people’s lives… the joy in serving in ministry — that had a huge impact on me. His example and my mom’s prayers led me in that direction…

“And over the years, I heard whispers of God calling me that way.”

As he is new to the church, Magee said he has no immediate plans to alter or add new programs.

“Just trying to get feet on the ground and develop relationships, evaluate and see what the Lord wants from us, what he has in store. We will focus on being more community-minded in the church and do everything we can to share the love of Jesus with the world.”

Magee said that, currently, the church averages about 150 parishioners, but he would love to bring more people in.

“I think a healthy church, a healthy organization — anything that has life in it — will naturally grow. I definitely hope to be a part of instigating some growth. I hope the Lord will just use me to bring that about,” he said. “My vision is — I want it to be the Lord’s vision. I want God to move and us to do our best to get out of the way so he can do His work.”

A relationship with God and Jesus is essential, said Magee, and he hopes to help build one.

“We don’t have to do life alone. We can have Him walk with us. It’s one thing we want to communicate. It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship,” he said. “My passion, the reason I’m a preacher, the reason I’m a Christian, is because I believe everybody’s life would be better if Jesus was at the center of it. That’s the message we proclaim — the love of Jesus.”

Magee said he is excited to be at Ocean View Church of Christ and share the love of God with his congregation and the community.

“I’ve found this great church full of great people. It’s very loving, very welcoming. I want people to know in the community — we want to be the kind of church where it’s OK to not be OK, but we don’t want you to stay that way. We’re a group of people trying to do our best to know Jesus and do what he wants us to do.”

For more information about Ocean View Church of Christ, visit www.ccovde.org or call (302) 539-7468.