Poland pastor takes prayer to higher level

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – For the National Day of Prayer, one Poland pastor is taking his prayers for the community to a higher level.

There are plenty of signs of God’s work being done outside Margaret Wynn Memorial Baptist Church off of State Route 616. One sign in particular catches the eye. It reads: “Pastor on Roof ALL day.”

Look up, and there is Pastor Barry Knaub. It is his eighth year on the roof for National Day of Prayer. Pastor Knaub sits on a chair tied down with bricks and is covered by an umbrella. Behind him, you can hear raging water from a nearby creek. It has rained heavily over the past few days, but not this one.

“Praise the Lord! I’ve been up here on rainy days,” said Knaub. “But, I take whatever the Lord gives me and I celebrate it.”

One vehicle after another acknowledges the pastor.

“People drive by all day long and beep. Of course, the signs encourage them to beep. I wave,” said Knaub. “I don’t know their needs, but I can still pray for them and pray God will meet their needs whatever it is.”

Some people stop, too.

“I had one of our young girls ask me one time, ‘What do you do when you have to go to the bathroom?’ I told her that’s what we have gutters for,” said Knaub

Joking aside, Pastor Knaub gives hope to many including parishioner Lisa Payne who paid a visit on her way home from work.

“Good inspiration for us. He’s like a brother to a lot of us, not just a pastor. He’s part of the family. This is a family-oriented church,” Payne said.

Pastor Knaub says his church is one of prayer, not just today, but every day.

“If we don’t pray, then we’re part of the problem instead of part of the solution,” said Knaub.

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