Earlier this summer, the Wilton Baptist Church at 254 Danbury Road welcomed Rev. Bill Bruster, a retired pastor from Dallas with 35 years of ministry experience, as its interim pastor.

Bruster replaced Rev. Jason Coker, who left Wilton Baptist Church in early July to be coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi and director of its Together for Hope (TFH) national rural poverty initiative.

Before retiring in 1994, Bruster was the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Abilene in Abilene, Texas. He had also served churches in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.

About a month ago, Bruster and his wife, Charlotte, moved into Wilton Baptist Church’s manse, where they will remain until the church finds its new pastor.

Upon arriving in Wilton, Bruster said, he and his wife were were “very surprised by the topography of the area.”

“We didn’t realize there were this many trees and hills,” he said, “and the number of houses on every hillside and crooked, little street has really been interesting to us.”

Bruster said he and his wife were also pleased to find that the Wilton Baptist Church is “very warm and friendly and caring for one another.”

As interim pastor, Bruster said, part of his job is to train the church’s pulpit search committee.

“This is a committee selected by the church that will find their new pastor,” he said, “and I will be training that committee to do its work.”

Bruster said he looks forward to “raising visibility of the church,” which he believes is “probably one of the best-kept secret in Wilton.”

“I hope to expose some other people to how warm and friendly this congregation is,” he said.

To learn more about Wilton Baptist Church, visit wiltonbaptist.org.