Aaron Anderson, the founding pastor of City Church York, announced Friday that he will seek election to one of three seats up for grabs on the York City Council this year.
Anderson, 36, said he started the Christian congregation in 2009 and has worked to promote the city in that role.
The father of six - including a 3-week-old baby - said he sees the council as an extension of that public service.
"When I look at this place that we're living and raising a family, I try to say, 'Where do my gifts and my abilities align well?'" Anderson said. "City council does a lot of important work."
Anderson, a Democrat, said he worked in the technology industry before moving to York County nine years ago to serve as an assistant pastor at a church in Manchester Township.
According to his biography on the City Church York website, Anderson earned a degree in religion from Liberty University and a master's degree in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary.
The Aurora, Ill., native said he currently serves on the city's Redevelopment Authority and the board of directors for Logos Academy and the York YMCA.
"I think this is as good a time as any to jump in," he said. "I really look at this and say I want to be a public servant."
York City residents will elect three people to the five-member council this year. Available are two four-year terms and one two-term. So far, two incumbents - Henry Nixon and David Satterlee - have said they will seek re-election.
Libertarian Manuel Gomez has also said he intends to run.
To get their name on the May 21 primary ballot, Democrats and Republicans can begin collecting signatures Feb. 19. Nomination petitions must be submitted to the York County Office of Elections and Voter Registration by March 12.- Erin James may also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.