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20 years of fellowship, family and change

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By Kelly LeVan

It’s been 20 years, more than 760 sermons and countless joys for Tim and Tanya Stidham, ministers at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.The Rev. Tim Stidham and his wife came to Los Alamos in September 1987, when Tim took a position as youth minister at the church. Within a few years, he accepted a position as preacher, and has led the congregation ever since.Before coming to Los Alamos, Tim served in Jacksonville, Ark.; Valonia, Ark.; Whitesboro, Texas; and Sherman, Texas. The couple has also lived in Abilene, Texas, where Tim earned his master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. “Wherever we moved, we always felt like God was moving us,” Tim said. But God seems to have given the Stidhams – and Los Alamos – a gift in keeping the couple here for 20 years.“Los Alamos is home,” Tanya said. “Our children went to school here. Three were married here. This is home to our family.”Tim added, “I know everybody – and their kids, and most of their dogs. Most of the kids (at the church) have only known one minister through college and that lends some stability to their lives.” Unless God says otherwise, the couple plans to stay here “forever,” Tim said. The couple and their congregation have been through a lot together over the years.