TRURO, N.S. – Truro’s tattooed pastor with the brightly coloured hair is saying good-bye.
Lisa Gervais had a habit of surprising congregation members. Once, she delivered a sermon in full hockey gear – to illustrate the benefits of having the full armour of God.
“I will miss Truro,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed being here and meeting the people, but it’s time to make a change.”
Gervais began as assistant pastor at the Truro Connection Church/Wesleyan Church and will presenting her farewell sermon Sunday morning, before heading to New Brunswick.
“I have no definite plan on what will be next, but I’ve decided to move back to Grand Falls and pursue more training in church planting.”
Gervais grew up in Grand Falls and a couple of months ago she sensed she should return to the area.
“For a couple of years, I’ve been feeling called to start a church in a French community,” she said. “There’s no Wesleyan Church in French Canada yet and I thought, ‘I’m French, why not take part in planting one?’ It would really be fun if I could plant one in Grand Falls.”
She checked for opportunities to work with an existing planting team, but nothing is available. So, while continuing her training, she will also be working with her own business.
“I’m planning to develop and relaunch Parcore,” she said. “The name comes from my belief that everybody deserves to live on par by meeting core needs. I do yard work, painting and fixing things around the house, mostly for senior women and people with a disability, for a minimum amount of money. I’m trying to redevelop it so it’s more sustainable.”
To continue attending a Wesleyan Church, she will have to travel 42 kilometres to Perth-Andover, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Years ago, shortly after she first became a Christian, Gervais heard positive things about a Wesleyan Church in Presque Isle, Maine, and ended up regularly crossing the border to attend church.
She came to Truro to serve as an assistant pastor in September 2016.
Since she’s been here, she’s changed her hair colour several times, had additional tattoos added to one arm, and has gone from having one cat in her home to three.