Pastor James Buckhahn, better known in Corydon as Pastor Buck, was named as Old Settler’s Newcomer of the Year. Buck has been married to his wife, Laurie, for 24 years.
Buck is originally from Elgin, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He lived there for 18 years, and then moved on to Morrison, Ill. to attend a two-year technical school. He graduated with an associate of science degree for civil engineering. Buck then worked at Terracon for about 36 years and also worked in Omaha, Neb. for about five to six years.
While in between working and retiring in 2000, Buck and Laurie attended the Quad City Church, where the pastor got him involved in ministry.
Buck became a pastor part-time in the United Methodist Church in 2004. He was able to go full-time in 2008, then moved to Corydon in January of 2015 as part of his rotation within the church. He previously served as a pastor at the UMC in Marne and Buck Creek, as well as seven churches near Clarinda.
“Going into the ministry was truly God calling,” Buck says.
Out of all of the communities he has ministered in, Buck says that Corydon is the most community oriented. Previously, the communities he served in were much smaller and had no clubs or activities going on.
“It wasn’t until I came here that I actually became part of a community and joined the Lions Club, joined the Optimists and the Chamber of Commerce,” he says. “So that’s what is new about this appointment.”
Pastor Buck will also be attending Old Settlers for the Sunday service, where gospel-singing group “Gospel Goulash” will be performing.