Jul 16, 2015

Young adult UM clergy of the Philadelphia Area and their families gathered at the Episcopal Residence July 11 for dinner, fellowship and conversation. Bishop Peggy Johnson and her husband Mike hosted the gathering for the fourth time in the past seven years with the help of Executive Secretary Amy Botti, who provided crafts and activities for the children.

‘Young adult clergy bring enthusiasm, new perspectives and hope for the church,” said Bishop Johnson. “This gathering always creates a sense of community that is valuable for our connectedness as United Methodist clergy in this area and during these times. Young pastors are a most valuable asset to the church, and more are answering the call to ordained ministry each year.”

Featured in this photo (from left) are:  Bottom row: Jamie Pietsch, Bishop Johnson and Julia Singleton. Middle row: Dawn Taylor-Storm, Tawny Bernhardt, Nina Patton-Semerod, Monica Guepet, Lorelei Toombs, Joe Archie and Jonathan Hall. Back row: Chris Eden, Jeff Kapp, Kevin Rutledge, Turner Jones and Ron Bell, Jr.


“As a pastor under 35, I often encounter misinformation about myself and my fellow young clergy,” writes the Rev. Drew McIntyre of Winston, an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference. In a blog post for the UM Publishing House’s Ministry Matters, he tackles the three biggest misconceptions he has encountered.

“Congregations, older clergy, pulpit search committees and denominational leadership often fall victim to mythology about young pastors. There are many myths out there, but here are three I find most significant.” Read his commentary