|A message from Pastor Maddie, who begins July 1st at Grace!Hi Grace!
I am so honored and excited to be your pastor. My journey of coming back home to the Great Plains from seminary has been full of many twists and turns, but my heart is filled with such joy knowing that I’m coming back to dream and do church with y’all in Winfield!
I grew up outside of Kansas City, and have been United Methodist most of my life as a member at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Some of my earliest stirrings for pastoral ministry began in my work with youth at my home church and passion for mental health justice. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Kansas State University (Go Cats!), and through my time at KSU, I knew that I was longing for a theological education that would help me articulate my faith in Christ more fully. These last three years, I have been at seminary at Garrett-Evangelical in Evanston, Illinois. I am currently a youth director at Barrington UMC and First UMC of West Dundee located in the suburbs of Chicago, and have loved cheering on the youth here in their faith journeys.
For fun, you can find me curled up reading Harry Potter or watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix. I love spending time with my family, (who still lives outside of Kansas City) especially trying new restaurants and going to the movies. Some of my very best friends live all over the world, and so I love to go visit them and travel to new places.
I’m so excited to get to know y’all; to hear your stories, to walk together in sacred moments, and just be the church together. Know that I’m praying for you in this season of transition, and can’t wait to see you in July!