OAKLAND — The Rev. Timothy W. Lewis recently was appointed to serve at the Oakland United Baptist Church, at 45 Church St.

Lewis received a diploma in Christian Studies from the Ockenga Institute of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated from the American Baptist Churches of Maine Institute for Ministry in 2008, receiving his ordination in 2010. ​​Prior to this appointment, he served at the Washington Village Church for more than 15 years.

Lewis worked in the automobile industry since graduating high school.

“I realize that this type of employment has little to nothing to do with being a local pastor, however, this employment did teach me great patience and humility,” said Lewis, according to a news release from the church. “It taught me some skills in dealing with people and was a great way to strengthen my walk with the Lord, as I had to rely on Him for daily encouragement.”

The church has been without a pastor for about a year. Lew plans to preach and teach Biblical truth from the pulpit, keep the church strong, and provide a light that will be attractive to seekers and skeptics.

“When truth is spoken, it must be done in love,” said Lewis, according to the release. “The old adage is true, people won’t care how much you know even if it is the truth, until they know how much you care.”

Lewis has been married to Kelley Lewis for more than 40 years and has two adult sons and four grandchildren.

The Oakland United Baptist Church meets at 11 a.m. each Sunday and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 716-6421.