Presbyterian redevelopment officer loses home to fire

A Mankato (Minn.) Presbyterian church has started a fund to help a PC(USA) redevelopment associate recover from a Christmas Eve fire which destroyed his home.

Steve Boots, who an associate in the Evangelism and Church Development program area of the PC(USA), lost his home and all the information kept in his home office during the fire. Boots and his wife, Betty, were away at their son’s home in Savage, Minn., when the fire occurred and returned to find their home destroyed, according to a report in the Mankato Free Press.

John Hill, interim pastor for First church, Mankato, told the Free Press that the congregation has started a support fund for the Boots. Donations may be sent to the church at PO Box 495, Mankato, MN 56002.

“Most of [Boots’] work … a lifetime of writing, development plans, training programs was on his computer,” Hill told the newspaper. While admitting that the family was in a state of shock over their loss, Hill added that “they’ve helped churches all over the country, and those people will help life them back up.”