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New pastor at Charity UMC in Virginia Beach answered early call to ministry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Rev. David Ryu, the new senior pastor at Charity United Methodist Church, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Toronto after his parents moved there to give their children better opportunities. He received… Continue Reading

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Remembering Pungo’s Bud Coppedge: decoy carver, author, family man

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Marshall “Bud” Coppedge raised a family, worked 36 years for the city, and was a longtime member of Charity United Methodist Church. His legacy will also include his work as a carver, collector and seller of decoys… Continue Reading

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Faith: Mission journey finds partnerships, friendships in Chilean communities

Ed. note – The Independent News welcomes reflections on spiritual matters from all faiths. The following is a portion of a mission report submitted by the Rev. Walter Whitehurst following a mission trip to Carahue, Chile, in October. It has… Continue Reading