Monday, April 24, 2017

Our New Pastor Announced

Roy Atwood
Bishop Mike McKee and Metro District Superintent Cammy Gaston have announced that Roy Atwood will be appointed to be pastor of St. Stephen United Methodist Church at the 2017 session of the North Texas Annual Conference. Roy will be commissioned as a provisional elder during this year's annual conference at First United Methodist Church, Richardson. We hope that many St. Stephenites can attend and "stand up" for Roy as he is commissioned by Bishop McKee.

Here is an introduction to our new pastor in his own words:

I was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas with my four younger siblings. As a kid, I was an active member of the youth group and choir at my family's church, St. Andrew UMC.  In high school, I ran cross-country, sang in the choir, and participated in the school musicals.  

I attended college at Emory University in Atlanta, where I majored in Business and Political Science.  At Emory, I was active in the Wesley Fellowship as a member of our discipleship team, planning Bible studies, retreats, and small groups. I continued singing in choir at Emory, as well.  After undergrad, I worked for College Forward, a nonprofit in Austin, as a college access coach, teaching an after-school class that helped low-income high school juniors apply to college.  

Then, I enrolled in Perkins School of Theology at SMU, from which I'll be graduating this May with a Master of Divinity. While at Perkins, I attended Greenland Hills UMC, where I served this past year as a full-time intern.  During my time at Perkins, I also volunteered regularly with Family Gateway, a nonprofit that houses homeless families, and Reading Partners, as a reader for children at a local elementary school. At this year's North Texas Annual Conference, I will be commissioned as a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church.  

My driving passion in life is to share God's radical, unconditional love with all people and inspire others to do the same.  I enjoy preaching and teaching, providing pastoral care, working with children and youth, and serving the community through mission work.  I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to serve St. Stephen UMC, helping you to share God's love with each other, the community, and the world.

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