Its always so hard to put in a list who I am…what is most essential about me. When I list follower of Christ, wife, mother, United Methodist Pastor, I always wonder how best to convey the equal yet different status of the last three in the list.
I am married to the most wonderful man who is my biggest encourager and support. He has given his life to follow my call into ministry, willingly taking on the role of primary caregiver and teacher to our girls, he jumps in whenever needed and endlessly tolerates the sporadic schedule I keep.
My girls are fourteen, twelve, ten, eight and five. For a woman who never imagined being a mother, they are delights in my life. I could not imagine a home without them. They are busy, busy. busy.
I serve Crewe United Methodist Church in Crewe, Virginia. We are a community of believers who are striving to figure out ministry in a changing world where traditional ministry is still a need and yet we are sticking our toe into a balance of new, creative ministry. I love the challenge, the community and most of all the people of God in this place.
I am a “good” Methodist, staying in the middle of the road on most issues, trying to err on the side of love and grace no matter what. My foundation is that “God is love” and I try to return to that very simple truth in all my beliefs and reasonings. I cling to Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength”, remembering that there is ALWAYS more strength in joy than in sorrow.
These are my thoughts, not necessarily the official stance of the United Methodist Church or the local congregations I serve.