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Local pastor completes cross-county walk-a-thon

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 06:20 PM

SCOTT DEPOT -- The Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt says she had no idea what she was in for when she decided to walk across Putnam County in just four days.

The Pastor of Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot completed her personal walk-a-thon named "Mission Possible" during the week of Oct. 7, walking 68.8 miles through the county in four days.

"I started training about two months before the walk-a-thon," Pratt said in a news release. "I've never participated in an organized sport or trained for anything. God was the only one who truly knew I could do this. I now have tired feet, but fresh eyes for the people of Putnam County and for our church's mission here."

The walk-a-thon was to raise community awareness about the church's new project -- the building of a new community and ministry center which will be open to the community for recreation, social interaction, banquets and receptions, conferences, concerts, and more.

Community members were also given an opportunity to make a financial pledge to the walk-a-thon, which earned more than $20,000, and funds are still coming in. The growing congregation is working to raise pledges in excess of $1 million to get their site prepared in the spring.

The Teays Valley Church of God is located at 4430 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot, just east of exit 40 off I-64.

For more information about the church and its plans for Putnam County, visit www.tvcog.org or call 304-757-9222.

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