“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …..WOW what a ride.”
Although that quote has been attributed to more than one source, it comes to mind when I reflect on my journey as pastor of WMCC. Wow! What a ride!
At an early age, I felt a call to service. This call led me to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Mars Hill University and my Master of Social Work at East Carolina University. As I settled into a career in state government, I begin to feel the pull towards ministry. That led me to earn my Master of Divinity from Shaw University Divinity School. Within a year of graduation, I was called to serve as pastor of WMCC in 2005. This position has grown from a part-time pastorate to a full-time pastorate. We have worked very hard to grow in our outreach efforts and service to the community and to be a welcoming congregation to all. One of our congregants described us as “an island in a sea of judgment.” I am proud to serve as pastor on this island!
Realizing that I could benefit from continuing education as I moved deeper into the pastoral role, I began the Doctorate of Ministry program through Drew University Theological School with a specialization in congregational growth and development. The emphasis was on spiritual development. The work I did through that program and with our congregation opened new doors for my ministry. It was during that time that I realized that community spiritual formation was truly my calling and what gave my life meaning and purpose.
My husband, Joe, and I live in Clayton. When I am not with the good people of WMCC, I enjoy being an adult student of the piano, reading all kinds of books, walking my dog and scratching my cats, and traveling to the warm Caribbean as often as possible!