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Cedar Key bids farewell to pastor David (

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By Lindsay Edmunds

David Binkley, the Cedar Key Church of Christ's pastor, and his wife Galina are moving away after living and serving in Cedar Key for seven years. Members of the church organized a farewell reception for the Binkleys where locals gathered to say goodbye to the couple who has done so much for the Cedar Key community. While working with the Church of Christ, the Binkleys initiated several new outreach programs, one of which was a daily morning bible study.

Every first Sunday, David and Galina, as well as other members of the church, would go to one of two local nursing homes to hold a church service, which was much appreciated by the nursing home residents.

The Binkleys also corresponded with representatives of Mount Dora's Christian Home and Bible School. Because of this connection, the church would contribute to two food and goods drives for the children's home each year. With the support of the the Binkleys, the church became more involved in the Clothe-A-Child program, as well, donating numerous bags of clothes each year.

Aside from working with the Cedar Key Church of Christ, the Binkleys were also very involved in the Cedar Key community. For instance, both were qualified precinct inspectors, and helped at the City Hall during elections.

Mr. Binkley was frequently a speaker in local public events, such as the Memorial Day ceremony for veterans and the Easter Sunrise Service. He also wrote a weekly column in The Cedar Key Beacon titled "True Faith."

Originally from Russia, Mrs. Galina Binkley went through the naturalization process and was sworn in as a United States citizen while living in Cedar Key. Galina was very active in the Historical Society, and served as the office secretary.

The Binkleys were very helpful to local elderly members of the community as they would make frequent trips to Gainesville or Chiefland to pick up groceries and prescriptions, and to run errands for them. The Binkleys also often visited with the sick in hospitals, as well as visited with local shut-ins.

About twice a year, David and Galina would go on mission trips to various parts of Russia and Ukraine, mainly focusing on the church they started in Magadan, Russia in the early 1990s. The local Church of Christ adopted the Magadan Church of Christ and sent boxes of clothing and food, some of which would be delivered to the local orphanages in Magadan. After leaving Cedar Key, this is where the Binkleys plan to spend about six months of the year.