Two churches in Ketchikan are joining forces to share a minister.

First United Methodist and Ketchikan Presbyterian churches announced this week that they will be sharing the Methodist Church’s incoming new pastor, Janice Carlton, with the Presbyterian congregation.

In exchange, the Presbyterian Church building will be available to the Methodist congregation for social gatherings and events. That allows the Methodist Church to continue serving local homeless people at its downtown building, according to the announcement.

Through the shared-pastor agreement, Carlton will lead the Methodist congregation, and will preach at three worship services a month at the Presbyterian Church.

Following a career in elementary education, Carlton entered the ministry 19 years ago, according to the announcement. She most recently was a pastor at churches in Kenai and Nikiski.

A welcoming potluck for Carlton was planned for Friday evening at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.