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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

New pastor for Big Horn Independent Baptist Church


February 18, 2016

Tracie Mitchell

Big Horn Independent Baptist Church Pastor Ron Fanning

WORLAND – The Big Horn Independent Church in Worland has officially asked Ron Fanning to be their pastor.

"I was asked to preach at the church for two weeks and in the second week of September 2015 I was asked to continue and was officially asked to become the preacher in December.2015," Fanning said.

At this point Fanning and his wife Kit will be traveling back and forth from Thermopolis to Worland. "The church would like for my wife and I to be living in Worland, but for the time being we will be travelling from Thermopolis to Worland because we haven't been able to find an appropriate house in Worland," Fanning said.

Fanning comes to the church with a long background of church service. He started schooling in the Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minn., in 1969. There he met his wife, got married and together they moved back to Cody, where he grew up. "In 1978 I felt that the Lord wanted me to finish my degree, which I did in 1979 in Bible education," Fanning said.

Fanning taught for seven years in two of the Christian schools in Cody until he felt a calling to go to Spearfish, S.D., in 1987. "The church in Spearfish was an Independent First Baptist church with a small congregation. During the first 10 years that I was there, I remodeled and moved the parsonage and added two handicap bathrooms to the building," he said. "We spent a total of 20 years there," he added.

After leaving the church in Spearfish, Fanning and his wife moved to Upton where he volunteered at a church for six years. During those six years he made ends meet by driving a semi until they moved to Thermopolis in 2013.

Fanning and his wife have three children, two boys and a girl. His oldest son lives in Texas and is a 22 year retiree from the Navy. His daughter lives in Sheridan at the moment and is working towards becoming a lifeflight nurse and his other son lives in Buffalo as a diesel mechanic.

There will be a commissioning service at the church on Sunday with a potluck dinner to follow the service.


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