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Rev. Janet G. Hodge

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Phone: (309) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Bronx , New York , United States
Tremont United Methodist Church
112 West Pearl Street
Tremont , Illinois 61568
United States

Company Description: We are a "mission-minded" church. We support two UM missionaries in a covenant relationship ($1,000 annually). Several of our members participate or lead...   more

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NEON to renovate, 21 Oct 2007 [cached]
Rev. Janet Hodge: | NEON Vice Chair & Chair of the | Governance Committee   | Read the Hour Article: | Mother's voice leads daughter to | commit life to God. NEON to renovate
It was her mother's voice that first introduced Hodge to the sounds of church when she was three.
"My mother was always singing," Hodge said. "Because I was the youngest of nine children, I was home with her a lot, so I got to hear her. I know all the old hymns by heart."
Hodge, who has been an ordained minister for the past eight years, is celebrating her fifth anniversary at the Norwalk United Methodist Church. Without knowing it, Hodges' mother's voice was also the gentle one that guided her to this life of ministry in the church. Hodges' mother died when Hodge was five. "My faith grew out of my grieving," she said.
Hodges' grandfather taught her to read when she was three using the Bible as a textbook and as Hodge tried to cope with her mother's death she read a lot of scriptures and sang many of the hymns her mother taught her.
"One day I had an epiphany while praying," Hodge said. "I had a sense of a presence around me and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to be a priest."
When Hodge told her grandmother, she told her that she couldn't because she was a girl.
Hodge, who was raised in the Anglican church, was disappointed by this, and soon found herself drifting away from the church.
"I was struggling to fulfill God's calling to me," she said.
When she was in her early-thirties, Hodge returned to the church when a friend invited her to a christening at Crawford United Methodist Church in the Bronx. Hodge found that she still wanted to commit herself to Christ and follow his call - only the timing was not exactly perfect.
"I had a successful career as a business woman and I wasn't ready to give that up just yet," Hodge said. "The salaries of ministers and pastors wasn't that great, and I wasn't sure if I could take a pay cut."
But Hodge soon realized that the pull to the altar was stronger than the pull on her wallet.
"I wanted to be who God wanted me to be," Hodge said.
Once Hodge realized her call she started to feel nervous about telling her husband about her decision.
"It took me awhile to break the news to him," she said. "There were a lot of sleepless nights, which he knew I was having, but didn't know why."
When Hodge finally told her husband he had a lot of questions but was ultimately supportive of her decision to first return to school for a degree in psychology and then go on to the seminary. Her children were also supportive.
"My oldest daughter said, 'What took you so long?' She said she always knew that was what I would end up doing," Hodge said. "That was very affirming to me."
Hodge was first assigned to a church in Hillsdale, New Jersey, then the Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport and then to Norwalk United Methodist Church.
When Hodge arrived at the Norwalk United Methodist Church five years ago she knew she was coming to a church with a rich history.
Hodge is also trying to get to know other members of the community by serving as vice-chair of the NEON board, sits on the board of the Human Services Council, is chair of the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School-based Health Centers, co-chair of the Norwalk Clergy Association and a member of Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship.
Despite the challenges it sometimes presents and the hard work it took to get here, Hodge said she has never doubted her choice to leave the business world to join the ordained ministry.
"The best part of my ministry has been sharing intimate moments with people, both the good and the bad," she said.
Page Title, 12 Dec 2011 [cached]
Rev. Janet Hodge, IMF, Vice Chair
Andreya Maria Black Ministries International, GFCOC Inc., 4 April 2010 [cached]
Rev. Janet G. Hodge, Senior Pastor, Tremont United Methodist Church, Bronx, NY
NEON, Inc - Board of Directors, 27 Sept 2010 [cached]
Janet J. Hodge
Vice Chair
NEON Board of Directors, 21 Oct 2009 [cached]
Janet G. Hodge, Vice Chair
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