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Bernice Belt Installed at Grace Covenant

The Rev. Bernice Belt was installed as pastor of Grace Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Paducah, Kentucky, Saturday, May 20, 2023, by a commission of Covenant Presbytery consisting of the Rev. Olen Russell of Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Larry Buchanan of Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Nick Ashley of Flat Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church and elder Jeff Parker of Highland CPC. Parker also serves as Covenant Presbytery moderator. Grace Covenant CPC was formerly Margaret Hank Cumberland Presbyterian Church before merging with Zion Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 2018.

Rev. Bernice Belt served as pulpit supply at several churches prior to serving that position at Grace Covenant beginning in October 2022. She has been pastor at Grace Covenant since March 1, 2023.


Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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