Bill Hybel once wrote, “The local church is the hope of the world.” I happen to agree with him. I am excited about the opportunity for our church to make a difference in the community, even if it is for one person at a time.
I’ve been serving as Pastor at Bethesda since July 2016. I am a passionate, unapologetic supporter of the church, but that hasn’t always been the case. I grew up going to church, but I left as a teenager. I didn’t return until more than 15 years later when I met my husband, Barry. It was his influence and example that led me back. Even so, years went by as I sat in my pew and watched. But one day, God grabbed hold of me, and my life has never been the same. I have been on an exciting and transformational journey with God ever since! Serving on the staff at Gethsemane UMC in Seaford eventually led me to seminary at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Before I came to Preston, I served for five years as the Associate Pastor at Christ UMC in Salisbury. My primary responsibility there was for adult discipleship. My love for women’s ministry led to the development of two popular annual events: an overnight women’s retreat and “Women’s Day.”
In my spare time, I love to be outside. I see God’s hand everywhere in the beauty and majesty of the great outdoors. I love to grow things: flowers, vegetables, you name it! Needless to say, I always look forward to spring! One of my other outdoor passions is riding my bicycle. My husband and I love to travel and experience new places together.
I encourage you to join us on Sunday at 10:15am for worship. We are a friendly congregation, and you will feel right at home!