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A Laurens District High School and Presbyterian College graduate has been named senior pastor at Dallas’s historic First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Amos J. Disasa, whose family emigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia when he was three years old, is the son of Dr. Jerman Disasa, well known locally for his longtime leadership of PC’s CHAMPS (Communities Helping, Assisting and Motivating Promising Students) program.

Amos Disasa moved to Texas after founding Downtown Church, a Presbyterian congregation in Columbia. He preached his first sermon at his new assignment on March 3.

Born in the village of Dembi Dollo in western Ethiopia, Disasa earned his undergraduate degree at Presbyterian and a Master of Divinity at Wake Forest. He was ordained a minister in 2007. He and wife Sarah, a speech therapist and the granddaughter of a Presbyterian minister, met while enrolled at PC.

Disasa, 39, succeeded Rev. Joe Clifford, who accepted a call to lead a North Carolina chuch after 10 years in Dallas. Amos and Sarah have two children.