It is my privilege to be appointed to the First United Methodist Church as the pastor beginning July 1, 2018. Some of you may be apprehensive or wondering about me, so I will give you a brief introduction.
I was born and raised in Iowa and moved to the east coast after graduating from college. I have a BA in music education, MM in choral conducting and performance (voice), MDiv, and DMin. As you can see I have been studying many years! My true love has been answering my call to serve God as a minister for 26 years. I retired last year; however, after a year of participating as a parishioner in a church near us, I once again heard God’s call to serve as a pastor. I look forward to learning your names (be patient with me!), getting to know you better, and having you meet my wonderful husband, Dave Atkinson. You will hear more about him as time goes by.
First United Methodist Church is a place where people can find the presence of God among the people. We welcome everyone to join us for a Sunday worship service at 10:00 am or join us for some of our our community outreach events which you can find in our monthly newsletters. Friendliness is part of our hospitality, and we see ourselves as a large family where there is always room for more. Come and join us some time, and if you have any questions, please let us know. Our contact information is also in our newsletter. Thank you for connecting with us! Rev. Deb Hanson
We have been called to be a team in ministry, and I believe God has brought us together to make a difference to others.