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January 24, 2013

An artist's view Haverhill at Night Black and White

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Faith and religion are not always the easiest or most welcome of conversations. For many of us, including myself, faith is often an ideal that remains constantly challenged. However, no one can make you feel more comfortable with your faith, or his, than Ovalle.

Two years ago, Ovalle became the pastor of the First Church of Christ in Bradford. The job title says “part time,’’ but sharing the gospel is a full-time calling for him. The church has overlooked Bradford Common for more than 300 years. As in many churches, the congregation has shrunk over time, but Ovalle’s presence offers renewed hope and opportunity for the future. All who enter the church are greeted with the warmth and sincerity of a family. I know this first hand.

With great enthusiasm Ovalle guides the congregation, but his presence is felt well beyond the walls of the church. Ever driven by his personal mission, he often collaborates with other church leaders to infuse our neighborhoods with a sense of community and peace. Simply put, Ovalle makes Haverhill a better place for our families and our children. Take a peek at what is happening with him and the church at www.fccbradford.org.

As a photographer I seek light. Light comes in many forms and colors. It illuminates, offers warmth and gives clarity. Through light, I find enlightenment. On occasion, light even comes in the form of a human being. Danny Ovalle is light.

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