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By Jesse Sines
For The Sentinel 

Local man to head Dalles church


Larry Gourley, a long-time attendant and later trainee at the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Goldendale, will serve as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in The Dalles beginning in July.

Gourley's potential for being a pastor first came to light when he did a dramatic reading from a book called A Brief History of Everything by American philosopher Ken Wilbur at the local UMC and came to notice of then-pastor Pat Beeman. Beeman told him the church would really like to have Gourley preach. Unsure at first, he finally replied, "Well... OK." Gourley has since preached at the Goldendale UMC roughly 15 times.

A couple of months ago, Gourley was encouraged by some of the UMC clergy in...

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