"The Interfaith Council was born out of the annual 'Prayer Over the City' event which we have been doing for about eight years now," Rev. Kestin said. "There were individuals that noticed over the course of time as that event began to grow, and more and more faith-based congregations came together on that day to prayer, that real relationships and friendships were developing."
Rev. Jimi Kestin of the Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship, Brother Tim Martin of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Reverend Dr. Ralph Clingan of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church organized the Interfaith Council, inviting faith-based groups to join in a collective group, to harness the positive results they had seen at the Prayer Over the City.
The Interfaith Council sponsors community projects such as: the Crop Walk, National Day of Prayer and a faith education symposium for local 4th and 5th grade teachers.
The network has also been a form of communication in emergencies for congregations to receive information about last year's changes in the firework laws in Washington County or to assist during times of flooding.
Rev. Kestin believes we have much more in common than we realize and to focus on those similarities, rather than differences in theology will continue to benefit our community as a whole.