Earlier this week a member of the congregation shared a story of God’s call in the life of a member of her family. I was inspired by the story. It is encouraging to hear stories of God’s call in the life of another and it can serve as a reminder of one’s own call. I want to share my story with you.
I majored in biology at Pittsburg State University after high school. I thought that I would be a genetic researcher. The summer before my senior year, I had an internship where I was able to do that all day everyday. I found out that I was good at it, I could do it, but I did not see myself doing that for a career. I came back to school in the fall of 2002 not knowing what I would do when I graduated the next May.
In the fall of 2002, I considered many possibilities for life after graduation. One of those possibilities was pursuing graduate theological education. At a campus ministry retreat, as I was reading the account of Jesus calling his disciples in the Gospel according to John, I heard God speaking to me. The disciples’ question, “Where are you staying?” seemed to correspond to my question, “What would seminary be like?” Jesus responds clearly to them: “Come and see.” To me this response was Jesus saying to me, “Come and find out what seminary is about and how you can serve God in the world. Follow me and I will show you what you need to know.”
I enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2003. When I enrolled in seminary I was not sure of which direction theological education would take me. In the summer of 2004, I lived and worked in Yellowstone National Park as a part of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. I worked as a housekeeper at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins and led a team of college students to lead five worship services in four locations each weekend. Through the experience of weekly worship leadership, conversations with teammates and personal discernment, I felt called to serve in the local church.
I graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree in May 2006 and received an appointment to serve at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection beginning in July 2006. I am currently considering the possibility of being the pastor at a new church start and am excited to continue listening for God’s call in my life.