FOXBORO - The Rev. Barry Kimbrough, the pastor of the Foxboro Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past decade, plans to change places with a minister from central Massachusetts.
Kimbrough, 45, will be installed today as pastor to churches in Worcester and Shrewsbury.
Kimbrough and his family are scheduled to move out of the local parsonage, at 306 Central St., a few weeks later. They will live in Holden, north of Worcester.
The Rev. Luther Raposo, the minister changing roles with Kimbrough, will preach his first sermon in Foxboro on Aug. 21., and will move to Foxboro, with his wife, Vera, soon after, Kimbrough said.
Adventists observe the Sabbath on Saturday. Worship services in Foxboro are held at 9:45 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Bible study for people of all ages.
In 2007, the local church more than doubled the seating capacity of its sanctuary, to 120 persons. The church also donated the old Paine School to the town. The tiny, white schoolhouse, which stood behind the church, was moved to the town hall parking lot in two pieces and refurbished as a museum school.
"The church members are very spiritual," Kimbrough said. "They have a real love for God. They enjoy getting together and having Bible studies. They are a great group of Christians, and very committed."
He said the congregation rallied behind his family when his wife, Olena, and their elder daughter, Karolina, now 6, experienced medical crises some time ago.
He said he and Olena will miss Foxboro's small-town feel, their family membership in the Invensys Foxboro branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA, and their Sunday drives to Cape Cod.
Kimbrough, who grew up in southern California, is used to leading two churches at once, having served congregations in Taunton and Foxboro at the same time.
"When I became a minister, I discovered that the challenges are much greater than I could have expected - but the rewards are much greater."