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John Klimko Jr. Named Pulpit Minister at
Central Ave. Church of Christ

John Klimko Jr. has been named the pulpit minister at the Central Avenue Church of Christ in Valdosta, Ga.  Klimko came to Central as the youth minister in 1981. In the past 36 years, he has also served as the Family Life Minister and Church Administrator.

Klimko and his wife, Liz, have one daughter Katie, who works as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

A statement from Central’s elders was read during the installation ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 27: “John Klimko’s responsibility, discretion, and commitment to Central are well known within the congregation and community. The elders are delighted that John has agreed to serve as Central’s next pulpit minister. In Liz, we are blessed with a spouse whose commitment to this congregation matches his own.”

Klimko said he wants to help Central continue to grow and make its presence more visible in Valdosta and Lowndes County.

 “One of my prayers and goals is that we will continue to go and not be a static congregation,” Klimko said. “That we will be active and busy, not for the sake of just staying active or busy, but because we are doing what God wants us to do.”

Klimko said that he has always admired the willingness of Central members to give to others. 

“Central has a long history of being generous. When the need arises people at Central always rise up and help others,” Klimko said. “Each month we have a Soup Kitchen where not only feed people but provide clothing and spiritual encouragement. It is just one of the ways we are helping people in our community.”

Klimko also mentioned Central’s history as a church that is focused on mission work.  

“I pray that missions will continue to be a vital part of Central Avenue Church of Christ,” Klimko said. “For generations, this church has been actively involved in mission work for many, many years.”

The Central Avenue Church of Christ, which has been located in downtown Valdosta since the late 1890s, has helped support the start of churches of Christ in Georgia and Florida and supported missionaries in Africa, China, Paraguay, and Ukraine.

Klimko graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry in 1979. He earned a Master in Family Sociology and a post master certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University.

He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has served as director of pastoral services at Greenleaf and an allied health professional at South Georgia Medical Center.

Klimko has been an active member of the community including serving on the Valdosta Board of Education. He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist and served as treasurer and president for the local chapter of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapist.