What joy to anticipate joining you in ministry in Oakland! I look forward to what God has in store for us as we work together as the Body of Christ, the Church. As we move toward July 1 I will begin to learn just a bit about Oakland UMC from Pastor Carolyn and Martha. During that time I’d like you to get an inkling of who is coming to be your pastor, as well.
I grew up about 20 miles east of Independence, MO in the rural area surrounding the very small town of Napoleon, the oldest of three girls. I attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Schools. As a new graduate ready to take on the world I went to the big city to attend Rockhurst College in Kansas City for a year. At that point I realized that perhaps that was not the time of my life I needed to worry about academics, and instead spread my wings in the work force.
In my early twenties I met my husband Ron at Whiteman Air Force Base outside of Knob Noster, MO. After a time I followed him to his home community in Northwest Iowa and we settled in Varina, where we still have a home. Ron has one son, Dustan, who lives in Council Bluffs with his son, Syris. Together we have two children. Our oldest, Faith, who with her husband Kenneth, live in Varina with their three children Hope, JoyAnna and Gabriel. Our youngest, Michael, lives outside of Los Angeles, CA.
When asked if I’m a second career pastor, I will reply, “No, a 32nd career pastor!” Throughout the years I worked a multitude of jobs, always with a focus on people, but in a large variety of contexts. God certainly had a plan to grow me through a number of ways over the years. Looking back God was calling from an early age, but I was in my forties before I finally relented and moved from pew to pulpit. Since that time I have taken many classes and in 2019 completed Course of Study for Local Licensed Pastor. Being a lifelong learner this is not the end of learning, but rather a milestone achieved.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, am a beginning quilter, crafting, reading, knitting, and welcoming folks to our home. Two years ago, after about 30+ years of tent camping we bought a camper, and as much as we loved to camp before, that love has been multiplied! We especially love camping near water and just spending time unwinding.
As we move into Oakland, Ron will remain in Varina for his job in Storm Lake. We have been living in a two household scenario since 2016, and have found with technology and intentional time together on a regular basis, we seem to have more quality time together than when we lived in the same house every day and had varying schedules. We both hope that in the near future Ron will be able to relocate to Oakland as well, and we once again rely on God’s timing for that event. Also moving into the parsonage will be Dash, who is a one year old Golden Retriever. Dash is a COVID puppy and brought a bit of insanity to the parsonage as a distraction. He loves people and we spend time walking off all that puppy energy, so I’m sure we will see you around town.
I’m excited to get to know each of you as we come together in ministry. You are each being specifically prayed for as households and leaders of Oakland UMC and the community of Oakland. Might God add God’s blessing and power to our ministry!
Be blessed, be a blessing, and take someone on the journey with you!