By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
GOLDEN, Ill. -- The Rev. Brad Eidson is an honest fellow, admitting it will take a while to learn everything he needs to know about his new surroundings.
Eidson, 27, was recently installed as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church and is still getting used to the immediate Golden community and outlying area. So is his wife, Lauren.
"I'm still learning names," Eidson said.
The rural setting that engulfs Trinity is not that unusual for Eidson, who arrived July 1 after spending time in Jonesboro in southern Illinois. He smiles, however, when he talks about his wife's adapting to a small-town way of life.
"She's from around Detroit," Eidson said.
Thew two were married a year ago after meeting at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus -- and another major population center, unlike Golden.
"It just takes some time to get comfortable in a new place," said Eidson, with a smile.
This is the first full-time pastorate for Eidson, who is the son of a pastor.
Eidson's father, David, is pastor at Immanuel Luthran Church in Jackson, Mich.
Eidson said one of his goals at Trinity will be to help carry out the wishes of Central-Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
"In rural settings, it is important for smaller churches to work together, to pool their assets," he said. "The synod is emphasizing to these churches to work together and strengthen the area."
Trinity has a congregation of "115 to 120" on Sunday mornings, according to Eidson. The church dates to 1875.
Eidson was ordained in June at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. He is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and also lived in Columbia, S.C., before his family moved to Jonesboro.
The Rev. David Armstrong-Reiner had served as interim pastor at Trinity for 13 months. He has moved to Epiphany Lutheran Church in Conyers, Ga.
Eidson is Trinity's first full-time pastor since the Rev. Jim Trutwin retired two years ago. Trutwin was pastor at Trinity for 11 years.