DUNKIRK — Blanchard River Church of Christ, Dunkirk, will welcome David M. Dissinger of Findlay as its new pastor Sunday.

Dissinger is taking over ministering duties after the retirement of the Rev. Steven E. Umphress, who served as pastor for over 45 years.

Dissinger has served at Blanchard River Church of Christ as an elder, deacon and Sunday school superintendent over the 13 years he has been a part of the congregation.

He attended Evangelical School of Theology (now Evangelical Theological Seminary) in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Penn State University. He has worked in the health care industry for over 23 years.