Pastor introduces himself to new congregation

6/18/2010

Churches receive new and returning pastors this month. In advance, this clergyman wrote for the Tishomingo UMC newsletter.

By Will Pasieczny

I’m taking a break from homework—I have just one week of school left, though it’ll be all over by the time you read this—to write my new family in Tishomingo. We are eager to meet each and every one of you. With that in mind, let me introduce you to the Pasiecznys.

I was raised in the U.S. Air Force and spent most of my life growing up in Europe. I graduated with a degree in art. Web design and development are what I had been doing when I answered my call to ministry.

I had just joined Acts 2 UMC in Edmond, and I had been downsized at work. Rev. Foster asked me if I had thought about going back to school. I replied, "Yes," but I was not sure what classes I would take.

Then he asked if I had ever considered going into fulltime ministry. I was stunned.

Ten years earlier, I had been deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War. With plenty of spare time to read my Bible, to pray, and to consider my mortality (I was in a war zone), I began to hear God’s call. I had never mentioned it to anyone, so imagine my surprise when a decade later someone affirmed my call.

From that time, I’ve been working toward becoming an elder. It has been eight years. God willing, by the time you read this I will have graduated from seminary.

I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, but I joined the UMC in 2001. Ever since then, I have been active in serving. Over the years at Acts 2, I served as chair of the Witness Committee and of the Administrative Council. I also taught Sunday School and Disciple Bible Study.

Heidi has been a registered nurse for 14 years and (as I write this letter) she is in Haiti on a medical mission trip. We have two boys, Alex and Joshua.

We are happy to have been appointed to Tishomingo, and we look forward to working with you all.

It is my distinct privilege and honor to have the opportunity to serve at First UMC. I know God has big things in store for us, and I am committed to be about His business.


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