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Meet Pastor Pichot
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Early Childhood

Marcel Pichot is a pastor and missionary who has followed in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather before him.  Though born in the United States, when he was 5 years old he moved to Madagascar with his family.  There, his father, Paul Pichot, directed two Seventh-day Adventist mission schools---one in Ankazambo, and later another one in Ambatoarana.

In 1974 Marcel's father accepted a call to direct the Bergström Adventist School in Dogba, Northern Cameroon, just north of Maroua.  They remained there for 6 years, until 1980.  At that time they moved back to the United States on permanent return and his father enrolled in a doctoral program at University of Michigan.

Later that year the whole family moved to France where his father pastored the Seventh-day Adventist church in Rouen, about 80 miles North-West of Paris.  There, in 1981, Marcel helped his father launch one of the first Seventh-day Adventist radio stations in the country, Radio La Sentinelle, 101.3 FM.  While his father did all the programming and most of the broadcasts, Marcel built the studios, set up and programmed the equipment and mixed music.

In 1983, Marcel attended the Seventh-day Adventist school in Collonges, right across the border from Geneva, Switzerland.  After finishing his secondary shool, he completed 2 years of National Service as a conscience objector.

College and Early Pastoral Ministry

In 1988, Marcel moved to Pacific Union College where he began his studies in Theology and met his wife, Kimberly.  Half way through his Bachelor of Arts, he transferred to Andrews University where both he and Kim could be closer to their parents.  Marcel's parents had just returned from Zaïre and his father was pastoring three churches for the Michigan Conference while his mother taught school for the Adventist church in Grayling.  Kim's parents (Earl and Merna Witzel) had returned from serving as missionaries in Brazil and were living in Wisconsin where Kim's father was in charge of the dairy at Wisconsin Academy.  Kim's mother worked as a nurse.  Kim and Marcel got married on June 16, 1991 in the Berrien Springs Hispanic Church where they were members.

After Marcel completed his B.A. in Theology in 1992, he began working for the Michigan conference as the pastor of the Buchanan Seventh-day Adventist Church.  A year later, while continuing to pastor, he began working on his Master of Divinity and graduated in 1996.  At the end of that year he joined Adventist Frontier Missions to direct church planting work in Guinea, West Africa among the Fulani Muslims who were the largest ethinic people group in the country.

Colorado and Beyond

In May 2005, Kim and Marcel returned from Guinea with their three children, Rachelle, Alain and Valerie.  In October of that same year Marcel was hired to Pastor the Greeley Adventist Church.  About a year and a half later, the Longmont Adventist Church was associated with the Greeley church to form a district, and Marcel began to alternate Sabbaths between the two churches since they both decided to keep their worship service at the 11 o'clock hour.

When the 2008 economic crisis hit the Rocky Mountain Conference they were forced to let go of a number of employees over several years.  Marcel was let go in 2011 and moved his family to Maryland where Kim was hired to teach in Washington Adventist University's business department.  Marcel worked for 10 months as an interim pastor of worship at the New Hope Adventist Church under Dr. David Newman's leadership.  The following year he worked as a resident chaplain at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital where he earned 3 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).  Then, in 2014, he began teaching as an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University's Religion Department while pastoring the Ethiopian Adventist Church on a part-time basis for the Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  In March, 2015, he accepted another part time position as the pastor of the Prince Frederick Adventist Church of the Chesapeake Conference.

Love for People and for God's Word

Marcel enjoys working with church members and empowering them for ministry to others.  He treasures the God's Word above all else in this world and loves to see the difference it makes in people's lives when they realize that God is not someone to be afraid of but someone to be a friend of.  His prayer is that all will experience God in their lives and know the joy and freedom of fully surrendering their lives to Him.

If you would like Pastor Pichot to visit you and pray with you, please don't hesitate to call or text him at (240) 389-8008.  You can also email him at pastormarcelpichot@gmail.com.