The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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November 29, 2013

’Duck Dynasty’ inspires church to go ’camo’

BRADFORD — A northwestern Pennsylvania pastor inspired by the popular reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” is encouraging his congregation to come to church in camouflage clothing on Sunday.

The Rev. Chris Terbush told the Bradford Era he’s hoping to attract new members to The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford and to celebrate the state’s outdoors heritage before deer hunting season opens Monday.

“Ultimately, the major goal is to draw new parishioners,” Terbush said. “I thought it’d be neat if nothing else to show the community who we are.”

“Duck Dynasty” chronicles a family known for their long beards and camouflage clothing who have made a fortune making and selling duck calls to hunters.

The 30-year-old pastor and outdoor enthusiast is a native of Indiana and a lifelong hunter.

He plans to dress in his hunting clothes because the evangelical Protestant denomination doesn’t require that he wear a clerical collar or other garb to preside at church services.

“There are a lot of hunters in our congregation,” Terbush said.

“I know we live in a hunting community and we’re open to all people including hunters.”

The church is in McKean County, not far from the New York border.

Terbush said he’s still working on a sermon that “could very well deal with the subject of camouflage itself.”

“Camo Sunday” might even become a regular event if it proves popular.

“We’d love to do it every single year,” Terbush said.

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