ASHTON - The Ashton United Methodist Church welcomes Pastor Monica William.Pastor Monica grew up in Michigan with two older brothers.She attended the University of Michigan after high school and did not know what she really wanted to do.She graduated with a physics degree.
enjoyed the subject, she
soon knew it would not be a career. During college she had worked with the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist Student ministry on college campuses, as a peer minister working as a program coordinator and with peace and justice ministries.During summers, she worked with the Appalachia Service Project as a program director.She
had volunteered with the project while she
was in high school and helped run the program while in college, doing home repair and working with the younger volunteers.Pastor Monica tried other things but kept being called back into the ministry.She
got married and moved to Evanston where her
husband was in seminary.During that time she
worked with an agency that helped refugees find homes and jobs in the Chicago area.However, she
never felt like she
was doing the right thing.She
decided that she
should go to seminary, not really knowing exactly where the Lord would use her
or what she
would be doing. During her
first year at seminary she
spent a lot of time searching for the answer as to what God had planned for her
. "I realized that God was giving me the authority to preach and lead a congregation," said Pastor Monica. She attended the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and graduated this past spring.She
is in the process of being ordained, which is an eight-year process.Currently she
is considered a local pastor, she
has all the authority and responsibilities of an ordained pastor, but only in the Ashton community.Pastor Monica and her husband are in the process of moving to DeKalb.Her
husband, Brian is a pastor at the Burlington United Methodist Church
, so living in DeKalb will split the difference in travel time for each of them.The members of the Ashton United Methodist Church will have a potluck dinner after services on Sunday, Sept. 19 to officially welcome Pastor Monica to the congregation.
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