THE Horsham Lutheran community will officially welcome a new pastor into its fold at the weekend.
Jonathan Williams, his wife Sarah and their three sons left their lives in the United States for the Wimmera last month.
Pastor Williams said he was studying for the ministry at a seminary in Indiana when his placement officer asked how he felt about moving to Australia.
He said living overseas had not been high on his radar.
"Maybe I'd thought about it but it didn't seem like a realistic option,'' he said.
Pastor Williams discussed the move with his wife and the family arrived in Australia on September 13.
Horsham's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will install the new pastor on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Pastor Williams said other pastors from throughout the region, along with the Lutheran Church's Victoria and Tasmania Bishop Greg Pietsch, would attend the installation.
He said once installed he would officially join the parish, working alongside Pastor Gus Schutz.
"The work of the ministry is not that different from place to place,'' he said.
"It's about preaching the word of God and building relationships with people.''
Pastor Williams said anyone was welcome to attend the installation.
He said he and his family, including sons Islwyn, 7, Amund, 4, and Elijah, 2, were enjoying life in the Wimmera so far.
"You drive on the left side of the road that's going to take some getting used to,'' he said.
"People have been really helpful. Everyone has been very welcoming here.
"We feel very blessed.''
Pastor Williams replaces Pastor David Wear, who moved to Hamilton in March last year.