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Two Faces

Sedalia pastor tends to souls, but also chipped windshields

By Ron Jennings
Sedalia Democrat

There’s a big difference between the joy of hitting a bull’s eye and the anguish of getting one – and no one knows that better than new Sedalia part-time businessman Jon Church, operator of "Fas-Break" windshield repair.

In his line of work, a bull’s eye is a small windshield chip often caused by a rock or piece of gravel.

They also can be created intentionally by a vandal firing a pellet gun or throwing a rock.

Whatever the cause, it’s important to treat these tiny breaks as soon as possible, lest they spread into ugly (and dangerous) "spiders," Mr. Church indicated.

It’s also far less expensive than having to replace the windshield later, he said.

"We can fix a small bull’s eye for around $40, " Mr. Church said.

A new windshield, he indicated, could cost at least 10 times that amount. His work is fully guaranteed.

Mr. Church also treats "star" breaks (smaller versions of the loathed spiders), half-bull’s eyes and combination cracks that can be softball-sized or up to 18 inches long.

He does so by creating an airless vacuum around the affected area, then injecting an acrylic acid solution into the area that cures and hardens in sunlight.

To avoid the expense of buying a new windshield, Mr. Church said, many insurance companies will waive the deductible for their clients utilizing the service and will pay for the repairs.

Mr. Church, who makes his repairs on site, can only work on vehicle windshields because they actually consist of two pieces of glass pressed together with a special coating in between.

School buses, however, are required to be equipped with "safety glass" on all windows, Church noted.

Mr. Church moved here recently with his family to become pastor of the Katy Park Baptist Church.

He previously served at a church in Emporia, Kan., where he also operated a Fas-Break windshield repair service for 2½ years.

For a self-described bi-vocational minister, especially a new one in town, the business is an "ideal one," Mr. Church said.

"You’re providing a service to people and because I work on site, I’m getting around (Sedalia) and getting to know people, too," he said.

In this respect, Mr. Church said he feels a special bond to Paul, who is generally considered the greatest missionary of the early Christian era and whose acts and letters to congregations constitute much of the New Testament.

"he was bi-vocational, too," Mr. Church explained, referring to Paul’s job as a tent maker.

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