Joe Shouse/Paulding County Progress Pastor Cameron Michael serves as the senior pastor of the newly formed church plant located across the street from Paulding County Hospital. Known as Grace Community Church, the congregation with its new name started last September. On May 2, the church will be hosting a “Beast Feast” featuring a variety of wild game.

Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING - When you hear that a “Beast Feast” is coming to a town near you, there are people, especially men who like to hunt, who are going to take notice. In a simple way to explain what a Beast Feast is, all you have to imagine is a menu featuring exotic and unusual type of game not normally served at the dinner table.

On Saturday, May 2 at 5 p.m., men will have the opportunity to try an array of wild game. On the menu will be armadillo, emu, frog legs, kangaroo, wild boar, camel, python and yak. For those less adventurous will be traditional pulled pork barbecue with a couple of side dishes to test the palate.

The event is free but RSVP is necessary as space is limited. The Beast Feast is being sponsored by Grace Community Church (across from Paulding County Hospital), however, the feast will be served in the basement of the Hands of Hope clinic located next to the church. The telephone number for making reservations is 419-567-9030.

Pastor of the Grace Community campus is Cameron Michael, who started his new assignment last September. He and his wife, Kerrie, have lived in Paulding since assuming the pastor role nearly seven months ago. Kerrie is a nurse at Paulding County Hospital.

“The Beast Feast will be a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy this type of setting to come and sample the various game and to learn about hunting and fishing,” said Pastor Michael.

Speaking at the feast will be Dr. John Davis, an experienced outdoorsman in his own right. The retired president of Grace School of Theology in Indiana, Davis has authored a couple of books on fishing and hunting. He also has the distinction of partnering with Bob Chase in announcing Fort Wayne Komets hockey a few years back on the radio.

“Not only will we have a good meal but we also have some great door prizes to give away,” said Michael. “We will be giving away rifles, ammunition, pheasant hunts and a variety of hunting gear. I think those who come out will be impressed with what we have to offer.”

The Grace Community Church, with its campus in Paulding, is associated with the Grace Community Church located in Fremont, Ohio, where 1,900 attend. The larger church, with satellite capabilities, provides a live stream of their Sunday worship service to the Paulding facility where the congregation enjoys the message.

“We have our own worship team and we do our own music and pre-worship but the message is presented by the senior pastor that morning from the Fremont church,” said Michael.

Living in Paulding gives Pastor Michael the opportunity to do the things any pastor of a local church would do. He brings pastoral care to his parishioners such as visiting the sick, sharing Bible studies, teaching Sunday school, and recently initiating a youth group. On occasion he brings the message on Sunday morning.

“We are looking forward to meeting the needs of Paulding and the surrounding area and we believe the Beast Feast will be one of those times when men from the surrounding area can get better acquainted and at the same time share something positive,” Michael said.

Service times at Grace Community is 10 a.m. each Sunday morning with youth gathering at the church on Tuesday at 7 p.m.